History has always judged the affairs of men. We consider the monstrosities of Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Genghis Khan only with disgust and sadness. Men such as these, and the events they represent, may have fooled their contemporaries, but history sees them with a clear eye. They were monsters, and whoever supported their causes finds themselves on the wrong side of history.
Many believe that Christians, several years from now, will be remembered in a similar fashion. Of course, we’re not talking about mass genocide. We’re talking about moral issues such as gay rights and abortion. It is often contended, for example, that Christians were once wrong about slavery and segregation (Which is true. Some Christian were wrong about these issues), and now we’re wrong about these issues too. It is argued that we are, yet once again, on the wrong side of history in regard to the current moral showdown our country is obsessed with.
We have to admit. It is easy to see why such an argument has gained traction. Our President endorses homosexuality and abortion unlike any previous leader. Major corporations have threatened and imposed sanctions towards non-conformists. Law-suits are being filed against bakers, florists and other business owners for refusing to violate their beliefs on this matter. The reasons could go on and on. At the end of the day, Christians are made to look “unloving” and “intolerant.”
And so the charge is this: in 100 years, or maybe even sooner, people will reflect on this portion in time and determine that Christians were, in fact, on the wrong side history. They will say we were wrong about slavery and segregation, and we were wrong about abortion and homosexuality.
And you know what, let’s be honest, that may be exactly how we are remembered. In 100 years, Christians might be judged as pre-enlightened, anti-progressive, ant-scientific bigots. We might be deemed extremists and haters and whatever else the history books want to label us.
But, let’s remember one thing: all of history is heading towards one culminating event—the return of Jesus Christ and the judgment of God. “Behold, I am coming soon” says the Lord Jesus, “bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done” (Revelation 22:12). Christians may be judged by man as being on the wrong side of history for now, but we must keep our eyes on the one who will bring all history to a close. In the end, it will not matter where we stand in the history books. What will matter is where we stand with God when Christ returns. Because when He returns to judge, the dead will rise before Him and Christ will devote “those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment” (John 5:29).
So the question is not: are you on the right side of history today? The question is: will you be on the right side of history in the end? That is the question all men must consider. So, for the believer, in order for us to be faithful to Christ, we might have to let the world judge us for now; knowing that final judgment will vindicate all things.
Until then, we must remain faithful to Christ by upholding His Word and loving our fellow man; so that, when our King returns, we will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant…Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23).