The Light Shines in the Darkness

By   •   January 5, 2011

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The world rests uneasy.

Just a few weeks ago, artillery shells from North Korea sailed across the Yellow Sea and struck a South Korean island, killing four and injuring 18. Shortly afterward, the U.S. announced it was holding joint military exercises with South Korea and dispatched an aircraft carrier to the volatile region.

Within days of that incident, hundreds of thousands of confidential cables from U.S. diplomatic sources were published, revealing the backstage drama and tension of seeking to maintain peace and security in an increasingly unstable world.

The cables highlighted the growing concern over the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran. Blunt remarks from several prominent leaders in the Middle East and Israel warned of the menace posed by a nuclear Iran, with one Arab leader referring to Iran’s president as “Hitler.”

This month, South Sudan will hold a referendum to decide whether to become an independent nation. If that happens, it will no longer be under the rule of the Muslim-dominated North. Many expect conflict to break out again, resuming the violence of two decades of civil war that killed more than 2 million civilians in the South.

None of this should surprise anyone who follows Christ and has a biblical worldview informed by the Scriptures. The Bible says that the heart of man is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9), and from that depraved heart flows unending greed, lust, and desire for power. Mankind is lost in sin, alienated from God, at enmity with Him and with each other.

Jesus told us that while wars and natural disasters have always characterized this present evil age, these symptoms will increase at an alarming rate as the Second Coming of the Messiah draws near (Matthew 24).

However, none but the Father in Heaven knows when that will occur. Until that time, we are to be busy proclaiming and sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

While the world relentlessly and unsuccessfully pursues political and economic solutions to our problems, followers of Christ are to be busy sowing the seeds of the Gospel found only through faith and repentance in Him. Lasting peace and security will only come when the King returns and sets up His Kingdom.

At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we will be busy proclaiming that Gospel of the Kingdom around the world in this new year, starting in Haiti this month, followed by Liberia, the Philippines, Lithuania, India, Canada and the United States.

As the world sinks into increasing depravity, violence and turmoil, nothing is more critical than growing our roots deep into a stable faith in Jesus Christ, and making Him known to those around us. And be encouraged that as the world grows darker, the light of the Gospel shines ever brighter.

“In this world you will have tribulation,” Jesus said, but we can be of good cheer, for He added, “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New King James Version.

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6 Comments

  1. JAKKULA DAVID says:

    BROTHER FRANCLIN, GOD HAS BEEN USING YOU FOR BLESSING OF MANY. IN INDIA POLITICAL CONFLICTS, REGIONAL CONFLICTS, ETC. I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU WOULD KINDLY PRAY FOR INDIA AND FIND THE BIBLICAL BASED SOLUTIONS. WE PRAY FOR YOUR MINISTRIES. JAKKULA DAVID

  2. Brian J. says:

    Thanks Brother Franklin, These comments and scriptures are a blessing in these troubled times. I also wonder what is on peoples minds as they try to figure out things without God to guide them. I will pray for our leaders and your ministry, I also thank God for YOU and your father, he helped me come to Christ along with Pastor Arnold Murray. It took 51 years and since I was a thief since 6th grade among other things. I feel I am supposed to be helping out in some way. I feel my calling may be in prison ministry and the youth of our country. They are starving for truth and light as I was in life and in jail. I could have used someone to tell me the truth about Jesus. God Bless you all and take care, Brian

  3. Alessandra says:

    Hearty thanks for these words. My “only”doubt/puzzle is the innocent suffering.Our Father allows it to go on. Why? Please, someone do explain that to me. Thank you again and God bless you.

  4. PETER says:

    THANKS ALOT BROTHER FRANKLIN, THE WORLD IS SINKING DEEP IN SIN. THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THIS DESPERATE WORLD.

  5. Marilyn says:

    I wonder continually about the futility of human attempts, without God, to establish justice and decent living standards for disadvantaged people around the world. Should I be supporting them? As a Christian, I feel compelled to assist such efforts, with my time and my money, while contributing to Christian agencies in the same ways. If my local Red Cross is sending aid to Haiti, for example, what should be my response?

  6. AMEN! says:

    God bless you, Brother Franklin, and your wonderful father! I and Christians all over the world stand with you and pray for you as we “occupy” this earth “until He comes”! Jesus Christ is the ONLY way! Hallelujah!