I am still humbled by the United States Marine Corps recruiting ad that declares:
“Where chaos looms, the Few emerge. Marines move toward the sounds of tyranny, injustice and despair—with the courage and resolve to silence them.”
I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is called, commissioned, and anointed to do just this – confront the chaos — not with military weaponry and training but with the word of God and the will of the Holy Spirit.
If you are paying attention these days, you may find yourself experiencing what Esther did long ago in Persia — she found herself to be just the right person at just the right time in just the right place to make a difference and fight a threat to God’s people.
Her mentor Mordecai challenged a balking Esther: “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to your position for just such a time as this.”
But being in the right place at the right time can mean a daunting, fearful challenge.
The providence of God can tap you and me, like Esther, not only to “deliver us from evil” but to place us smack dab in the path of adversity and chaos, so we can speak God’s truth, make a difference, stand up and work for a godly outcome.
Do we believe that Jesus Christ calls us “for just such a time as this”?
When an emotionally disturbed person can find access to automatic weapons as readily as mental health care?
When 10% or more of U.S. children experience “low food security,” which means irregular meals or insufficient nutrition or food intake on a daily basis? (The figure is MUCH higher for many other parts of the world.)
When incredibly immature and vulgar displays are broadcast widely, capture our attention, and dominate the talking points of cultural commentators?
When, in the words of the late Edwin Friedman, “widespread triumphing of data over maturity, technique over stamina, and empathy over personal responsibility” create a “leadership-toxic climate”? (A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix)
When someone we meet this very day could be in dire need of just a few encouraging words and hopeful thoughts?
At times, it may seem that chaos is triumphing over faith, hope, and love, but for just such a time as this, we belong to Jesus Christ… “let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you” (I Corinthians 7:17).