The Church is Not Small

The title above is one of the points of today’s Breakpoint, which showed up in my inbox a few mornings ago.  The speaker today, Eric Metaxas, discusses the UN Human Rights Council’s vote to adopt “The Protection of the Family” resolution.  The family here refers to the traditional family of a husband and wife and their children.  The resolution describes the family as “the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children.”

Metaxas notes that US media is not covering this story.  So I encourage you to read the article for the full story for yourself.  You will find that the US and other Western nations vehemently fought against the adoption of this resolution.  Metaxas notes that major support came from “China and Russia-major powers that spent the latter half of the century trying to eradicate the natural family … learn[ing] the hard way how destructive anti-family policies are.”  He says, “And maybe it’s just coincidence, but both countries have seen a rapid growth of Christianity in recent years.”  I doubt that the growth of Christianity shapes Russian or Chinese policies.  But I think Metaxas is right when he says, “It’s easy to feel outnumbered and outgunned right now.  I get it.  But if we want to see God at work, taking a global perspective makes a world of difference.”

The Belgic Confession also encourages us to take a global perspective in Article 27 stating, “this holy Church (the one, universal Church) is not confined, bound, or limited to a certain place or to certain persons, but is spread and dispersed over the whole world; and yet it is joined and united with heart and will, by the power of faith, in one and the same spirit.”  And the Belgic Confession states in this article that this “Church hath been from the beginning of the world, and will be to the end thereof.”  So when the church seems small in the particular place and time in which we live, we may be encouraged when we think of all the Christians around the world and of all the Christians who lived before us—we stand with them!  A multitude no man can number!

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