There is nothing new under the sun, however. 2,000 years ago, Paul penned a letter to his disciple Timothy, in which he pointed to the reality that the last days would be filled with ungodliness (2 Tim 3:1-8). Intriguingly, though he lists numerous characteristics of wickedness, Paul doesn’t tell Timothy to shift his ministry focus toward any one of these things. Rather, he simply tells him to “continue.”
Continue in the faith. Continue doing what you are doing. Continue calling sin what it is. Continue following the example of godly leaders. Continue believing and preaching the scriptures. Timothy – the world is an evil place, but as for you, continue.
Paul’s admonition to Timothy is God’s admonition to us today. This admonition does not suggest that the church turn a blind eye to the issues of the day, but that the issues of the day do not dictate to the church what her priorities are. If the church is to be salt and light, the church needs to be . . . . the church.
Let us therefore determine that our emphasis will not be found in our responses to the world’s ills, but in our response to God’s word. May we seek to continue for the glory of Jesus Christ.