In the absence of good, evil will have its way.
It would appear that we are at a tipping point in history, a time when the world is redefining life’s core absolutes, and evil is gaining exponential ground. While there has always been corruption and immorality in the world, no God-fearing American alive today would not agree that our Nation is nearing a point of no return. We have removed God from the public sphere and from our schools. Yet, as bad as things seem, there is hope. I’m continually reminded in Scripture that we have a God much bigger than any mess we can make and that good will always triumph over evil.
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
In the parental trenches of everyday life, we can easily become distracted and lose sight of what really matters most. What really makes this time in history so hard to manage as parents is both the acceleration of evil as well as its all-too-personal reach into our lives. Regardless where you live, or your economical standing, we face a rising surge of moral degeneracy in our communities. As a father of five children, ages 4 through 22, it is easy to become overwhelmed with it all.
However, the bigger picture in all of this is that God has chosen us, you and me, to be a parent at this time in history. The current affairs of this world are not catching God by surprise. He has positioned us right where He wants us. Our quintessential goal remains the same as with any Christian parent ever blessed to have a child: We must overcome evil with good as we seek to point the hearts and minds of our children toward Jesus Christ.
“‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.’” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
My greatest “dad purpose” and life resolution is anchored to this primary objective of living and sharing Christ within my home and life. It is a full-time “by the way” job and one I must choose to embrace every day I wake up. If I’m not constantly creating protective bunkers and battle strategies for my family the enemy will have his way. Evil is lurking within every shadow in life waiting to pounce if given a chance. It is not a matter of if the enemy will attack, it is only a question of when and how often. In this sense, my roles as a husband and father carry a battle-minded focus of “do or die.”
I must first equate my faith and family as life’s highest priorities and then resolve to relentlessly live those priorities. If you are like me, this will take on the appearance of an up and down effort where it often feels like two steps forward and one step back. Yet, I’m reminded through Scripture that in my weakness, God’s grace and power will be put on display. God is not limited by who I am. In Christ Jesus, my life is unlimited by who He is.
‘“…My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”’ 2 Corinthians 12:9