Some Of The Mid Day's Good News:
A Dark World
. . . shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life.
Turning Points readers live all over the world, some in lands of oppression and some in countries with ungodly leaders. We live in a dark world, and our rulers are often ego-driven and misguided. Some governments are corrupt, and few leaders are truly Christ-loving people. Yet few of us have a ruler as bad as Nero, the emperor with whom Paul contended. Nero was brutal, weak, sensual, perverted, sadistic, and deranged. He freely tortured and killed Christians, lighting his chariot course with their burning bodies.
The apostle Paul told us to pray for our leaders and to respect the authority God has put into place (1 Timothy 2:1-2; Romans 13:1). In spite of Nero, Paul managed to turn the world upside down and advance the Gospel to every corner (Acts 17:6).
When Jesus comes again, every knee will bow before Him. Revelation 19 says He will rule "with a rod of iron." No earthly leader will be able to withstand His return, not even the Antichrist. But until then, let's shine with the message of the Cross. We can still turn the world upside down. We can be living torches for Christ today.
When we are in touch with God's joy and peace in us, then we become whole and holy persons. Like living torches we radiate the light and heat of God’s compassionate love.