Our ‘Charlie Sierra’

In the military, the term “Charlie Sierra” is an acronym for “current situation.”

There has been a great deal of discussion, one way or another, as to the direction of the United States. These comments come from different sides of the political spectrum and much has been written by our own brothers and sisters in Christ.

There have been posts written by many, including your writer, that list the things our president and government have done incorrectly. Many of those complaints are valid.

Some have also expressed the feeling of being troubled over the direction of our nation.  That is understandable. It is evident there is much to be concerned about. But, before our alarm escalates into worry we need to step back and remember a few things to keep our “Charlie Sierra” from overwhelming us.

We have the assurance from God and our Savior that we will never have to face anything alone. Jesus said, “I am with your always, even to the end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20 NASB). Since God our Savior is with us, there is no reason to worry and become distraught over any of the things of this life. God in Christ has said, “I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you so that we may confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6). So, we should not worry. In fact, there is holy writ that commands we must not worry (Matthew 6:25, 31; 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:22).

There is something else we should keep in mind concerning our “Charlie Sierra.” The world will get worse. Friends, we’re not living in paradise here. We’re living in a world that is in bondage to sin. The Apostle Paul told Timothy, “But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived,” (2 Timothy 3:13). The term, “from bad to worse,” means literally “evil men and impostors will drive forward toward more evil.” This is what Christians can count on from the world. At this point, at least, none of us are being offered up for death in the arena.

Last, we need to remember the key to living the Christian life is to overcome. Jesus said, “’He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name,” (Revelation 3:12). In fact, Jesus speaks about how important it is for us to overcome eight times in the book.

Let us keep preaching the gospel to the lost. Let us remember how much God and Christ loves us and will never leave us. Yes, the world will get worse and worse. But the one who overcomes will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

Let’s remember to keep the main thing the main thing, shall we?