We just finished a long road trip from North Carolina to Oregon. We saw lots of beautiful scenery (photos below), went through places that have an abundant supply of space (west Texas among them), ate at a place favored by John Madden (Chuy’s in Van Horne, Texas) and saw funny T-shirts (”You can’t scare me; I have kids”).
We stayed with family once, but mostly we stayed with people who support us though prayer and finances, or with people we did not even know through the Wycliffe Associates Hospitality Roster. My overriding impression was of people who are very serious about their faith. Some talked about their efforts to reach out in their communities. I even went to a Gideon’s meeting with one of our hosts. Others talked about transitions in their lives and were seeking God’s direction including wondering if God would like them to volunteer in missions during their retirement. Those with young children were taking focused action to bring them up well and in the faith. Many spoke to their concern for their community, society and world.
We saw evidence of the problems – a stop on I-10 checking for drugs and illegal immigrants, signs in yards and radio announcements for the short sale of homes, contentious wording on political signs, crews cleaning oil off beaches, a man in handcuffs while police searched his car.
While the things we saw were not always what we would want, they did match what the Bible says about this world.
- It is “normal” that a minority in society have true faith:
“The gate to destruction is wide, and the road that leads there is easy to follow. A lot of people go through that gate. But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few people find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 CEV)
- No country will ever rid itself of all economic problems:
“For you always have the poor with you” (Matthew 26:11 ESV)
- Those who are serious about their faith are more numerous than one can deduce from the general state of society where faithful people can feel quite alone:
“For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” (I Kings 19:14 ESV) and verse 18 “Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal”