What are Christians to do?
Published 8:39 am Friday, October 7, 2022
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: What does the Bible say about “the evil day,” and doesn’t it seem likely that the days are about as evil as we’ve ever seen in our nation that is deteriorating by the hour? — N.R.
Dear N.R.: Naturalistic philosophers refer to the miracles of the Bible as “miraculous magic” and “oppressive absurdities.” They’re trying to hammer away at the very foundation of Christianity: faith in Christ as the Son of God.
Their philosophies [have fed] the moral deterioration throughout the Western world. If there’s no such thing as a transcendent God who is interested in the affairs of men, then there’s no moral law, and each person has a right to do as he pleases. We’ve sown the wind and are now reaping a whirlwind of cheating, lying, dishonesty, and immorality on a scale that hasn’t been known in the history of this nation.
Long ago, we were told by the Apostle Paul that the day would come when mankind would turn away their eyes from the truth and believe a lie. We’re seeing this happen.
What are Christians to do? Stand fast in the Scriptures as Paul declared. “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). Greek scholars remind us that this phrase — the evil day — refers to a particular hour when evil will be manifested in an unusual way in the thoughts, activities, and pursuits of humanity.
We’re also instructed to re-examine the foundations of our faith and know more of the abiding, unshakable rock of historic truth on which our faith and hope rest. We should learn, study, and digest the great absolutes of our faith. The supreme fact is that “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19), from His birth to His glorious resurrection.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)