We Continue to be Witnesses for Righteousness

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

Earlier this year, I joined with the move locally, to voice support for the retention of the Anti-buggery Laws in Trinidad and Tobago. In this regard I have had several social media posts that addressed the issue. While many persons understood our position, there were folks who objected to our stand. I share with you today one such objection and my response to this.

I am in disbelief that the church would fight against this knowing fully well that all these things must come to pass in the fullness of time before the return of the Saviour. It just clearly shows that ministers appear not to understand or appreciate that the world is being prepared for His second coming..When you see these things rejoice for your redemption draweth nigh...don't waste time praying against these things because it will come to pass. .just watch and pray as Jesus commanded and let God's will be done...just my take on this whole thing.

CS via facebook

Hi CS,

Thanks for your comment. Indeed our salvation is near than when we first believed. Our understanding of the imminent return of the Lord and our recognition of the signs that would accompany same, do not preclude us from taking a stand for righteousness, prayerful resistance to ungodliness in our nation and making an attempt to influence national policy in a direction that can invite the grace of God to be extended toward our nation. I think that we, as the church, still have the responsibility to represent Christ in the earth. We are still called to be His witnesses!

I am not sure if you would also suggest that because we know that the end is near and these things would come to pass, we should not purchase property, not vote, not send our children to school or not save money. While these may seem to be extreme in relation to your statement, it points us to the obvious reality — we must occupy until He comes.

Further, several parts of the world today are experiencing severe famine, should we consider the efforts of the churches and para-church organisations that assist in relief, a waste of time also? Do we say that any effort to negotiate peace and avert armed conflict in various parts the world is also nonsensical? If I am to erect a building, would it also be a waste of time to adhere to earthquake resistant building codes? Each of these is a significant feature of the end times birth pains. But the truth is, while earthquakes are included in Christ’s eschatological prophecies, an earthquake today does not signal the end tomorrow. In this regard, even though we are conscious of the fact that the last days are upon us, we are still unaware of the specific time of its comprehensive unveiling. In the meantime, our sojourn has to be one of usefulness to the Kingdom of God.

Our message then must continue to be “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand”. Our effort must still be to call men to repentance and lead them to the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The increasing darkness of this world would cause the light of Christ to shine brighter. It would also cause those who are not truly of Christ to fade into obscurity, as the difference between them and the world become more and more inconspicuous.