I am usually the first one to point out the increasing hostility of society toward Christians and to lament it with great anxiety about what the future might bring for those following Christ. However, an experience I had yesterday gave me a different perspective on that subject.
Yesterday I drove down to Washington DC with members of my church to participate in a scripture reading marathon in front of the Capitol building. This is done every year; over 3 ½ days leading up to the National Day of Prayer, the entire Bible is read aloud at the Capitol by various groups of Christians from different churches and groups.
While we were waiting for our turn to read, we were approached by a Capitol policeman, who began by thanking us for coming to read scripture. He proceeded to tell us that he has seen all kinds of groups come before the Capitol to “hold signs” and do various things. When he looks out in the morning and sees the Bible reading booth, he said, he knows it’s going to be a good day. He told us that when Christians come, people are more respectful, more peaceful. Not Westboro Baptist Church, he said, but other than that.
In the times I have gone to read scripture there, with hundreds of tourists passing by, we have never had a negative word said to us. People stop by and ask if they can join in reading. People come off the street to pray with the organizers of the event.
I think we can get so wrapped up in whatever the media is saying about our society that we miss what else is going on in cities and towns and homes all over this country. We already knew that the media is twisted all around by its liberal ideology, and if we look at things from that perspective it makes us pretty depressed and fearful about the state of the world and our country.
I was greatly encouraged by what the Capitol policeman said to us about the respect and even appreciation given to Christians by the passersby of Washington DC. It gave me another perspective about what this country is and what it believes, and the media cannot twist that around on me, because I was there and I experienced it. God is still at work in this country, and I choose to focus on that rather than on the slanted (and apparently untrue) media perspective.
Thank God that He is sovereign no matter what the world says or does. I hope to keep my eyes focused on Him rather than on the world.