As I write this issue’s column (November 1), attention is focused on the war Israel currently is waging against Hamas and Israel’s other regional enemies. Attention is also focused on the promise of Christ’s return. Is this the conflict that will lead to Christ’s second coming?
I can’t know what the state of current events will be when you read this issue of Churchright, but the statements of Jesus in Luke 18:1-8 certainly will be relevant. In this passage, Jesus tells the parable of the unjust judge (vv. 2-5), provides the interpretation of that parable (vv. 6-8a), but then ends with the pensive question “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (v. 8, NASB throughout).
Jesus often spoke of the end times and of how His followers should conduct themselves as we await His return. In Matthew 24:42, for example, Jesus says, “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” This introduces two examples of being ready: a homeowner being ready for a thief and a servant being ready when his master returns. The faithful and blessed servant is the one whose master finds him obediently fulfilling his duties.
I’m pleased to report that the Church of God (Seventh Day) in the United States and Canada continues to be engaged in fulfilling the duties Christ has given all of His followers. We are doing our part to make disciples of Christ, to baptize them, and to teach them everything Christ has commanded. This issue of Churchright contains lots of good news about those efforts on Christ’s behalf. Read and be encouraged.
Will Christ find faith on the earth when He returns? He certainly will if we all remain faithful. Luke 18:1 reveals the reason Jesus told the parable of the unjust judge: “to show them that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.” Pray, work, and don’t lose heart as you focus on Jesus and follow His plan. One of these days will be the day.
— Loren Stacy