Our world is changing rapidly, and so many respond to our culture and all that is happening to Christian values in our world today that I rarely add my thoughts. But there are times when silence prayerfully begs for a voice. In those moments, often the best way I can write is through a poem. Whether you’re a parent, a husband, a wife, or simply a concerned follower of Jesus, I hope these words will encourage you.
When the World You’ve Known Keeps Changing
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
When the world you’ve known keeps changing
how do you respond?
How do you protect the values—
the ones that have made you strong?
A country, loosed from its moorings,
a marriage stripped of its name;
a family split by a culture,
and no one knows who to blame.
A child, confused by the babble,
struggling alone to find hope,
while voices rage ‘tween the anthems,
searching for a way to cope.
When right is wrong, and wrong is right,
you cringe and wonder why,
And how, on earth, did it come to this?
You bow your head and sigh.
When evil now runs rampant,
and good is trampled down,
not just in our nation,
but everywhere around,
what will you do; what should you do?
Can answers still be found?
You start by looking to Jesus,
our Counselor and our Guide.
You love by His example,
with arms open wide.
You keep on being faithful,
because others are watching you.
You exercise integrity,
no matter what you do.
You live your values constantly
from sea to shining sea.
You hold God’s Word in honor
and speak it truthfully.
You share of His amazing grace,
with sweet humility,
and ask for His forgiveness,
for not letting others see
the light of Jesus shining
through your life actively.
You pray, always praying,
that the Truth will still be found,
and that God will give you wisdom
to build up and not tear down.
You stand for what you know is right,
not giving hate a door;
refraining from reacting, knowing
love can say much more.
You wear a smile upon your face,
you live each day adorned with grace;
you teach your children every place
they walk is sacred ground.
You share that some things haven’t changed,
that values can’t be rearranged,
that every heart can be deranged—
without our Jesus—now.
And then you stop, look,
To the truth that sets us free:
Jesus is still the same yesterday, today, and forever.
And you set your sights above on Home,
the joy that is to come,
where every knee will bow before
the throne, the only One.
He’s not surprised by what you see
or hear on any day,
He’s always known the hearts of man—
He’s still the only Way!
Jesus answered, ” I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, NIV).
How do you respond to the changes in your world?