A world without God…

… is not a world choosing what is bad or evil. It is a world choosing created things over the Creator. A world choosing what is good over what is God’s best. A world choosing what it thinks is right over what is truly right in the eyes of God.

The world is trying to live without God, thinking that He is just a product of our wishful thinking, a mere motivational thought. 

Some hearts have turned away from God because of the lie of self-sufficiency. Some have turned away because of prayers not answered the way they want answered. Some have turned away because of pain and suffering. And some have turned away because we, who proclaim His name, fail to live like Jesus — judging others instead of loving, being self-righteous instead of forgiving.

Many times, we are even attacked because of our faith, our belief, and our love for our Father, for our Savior Jesus Christ. Sometimes, even from those who believe in God as well.

Yet, God calls us to endure.

“You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved." — Matthew 10:22

The Father may be grieving because the hearts of His children are turning away from Him. He may be grieving because the world is in shambles by trying to live without Him, His love, His justice, His forgiveness, and His example.

But, God continues to believe in the obedience of His children, through whom He moves mightily.

The world we are living in today may be in disarray. But, it also means that we have more opportunity to proclaim His name, to be Jesus to others, and to show them how God loves — through our own love.

As Saint Paul wrote: 

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.” — Colossians 1:24

Today, we have a greater opportunity to join in the sufferings of Christ and His church, that is His people, especially those living on the fringes of society. To bring our brothers and sisters, our siblings from the same Father in heaven, back to His filial love.

Endure, even in the face of discouragement and opposition.