What Now? Faithful Living in Challenging Times - page 7




WHAT NOW? Faithful Living in Challenging Times
by Michael Cromartie, Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center

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And therefore let’s continue to love our neighbors right where we are–in our work places, in our businesses, in all areas of life, and let’s ride out this cultural moment in the full confidence that God is the sovereign Lord of history and all of history is in His hands. Our task is to bless our neighbors, cultivate Shalom, and continue to remind people of the wonderful news of the gospel (especially since we will need to be poised to receive the wounded who will be the inevitable victims of our current cultural malaise and dysfunctions).

Let us continue to keep doing all the good we can, in all the many ways we can, confident in our strong faith in our loving and merciful God. Knowing this will keep us from panicking; it will keep us from screaming, from freaking out, or from caving in to the pressures that surround us on every side.

And so we must do our various duties faithfully while living in exile, fully aware and confident that the final consummation of history and true justice will come with the restoration of the entire universe to its original, created glory.

So let’s continue to faithfully do our duties, even while in exile.

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Michael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Religion & the Media programs, and Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Mr. Cromartie is also a senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with the Trinity Forum. He is the coeditor, with Richard John Neuhaus, of Piety and Politics: Evangelicals and Fundamentalists Confront the World, and editor of numerous other books on faith and public life. Mr. Cromartie is a graduate of Covenant College and holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, DC.



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