“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
– Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016
And as Romans 1:16-17 assumes, that the world believes that lovers of Christ ought to be ashamed of the gospel, since the gospel reveals the righteousness of God to both punish sin and forgive sin, through Christ, we must still say, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it [the proclaimed gospel of Jesus Christ] is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, the the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it [the proclaimed gospel of Jesus Christ] the righteousness of God is revealed by faith from first to last, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.'”
And that means whatever happens this week in the American Democracy, those who have been called to belong to Christ (1:6) will still live by faith in the promises of God to exalt his Son as King over all the earth (1:3-4). Let us pray for our earthly country so that there may be peace and justice for all, especially for those whose hearts beat just inches away from the world that they are attempting to immigrate to.