Now, more than ever, the world needs Christianity to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). Now, more than ever, the world needs Christianity to be that shining city on a hill (Matthew 5:14). Simply put, the world is literally going to Hell and so many Christians are missing their opportunity to make a positive difference, to set a Christ-like example.
So, what happened to Christianity? Where did following the word of God go? Christianity today, is judged by it’s abusers. But do those who judge understand the Bible, know scripture? Should we expect them to? Are they able to make judgments based on any sound understanding? No, they only see the abusers who take scripture and twist it into what would fit their purpose. Some falsely claim to be Christians yet make shameful choices that affect Christianity negatively. Can we blame the critics? Not entirely. Are those who have judged Christianity to be false or made up, have they closed themselves off to any other reasoning? Have they decided that only their bird’s-eye view of Christianity is the only view that, for them, makes sense? Can we forgive those who claim to follow Christ yet allow perversion to take hold?
Unlike so many other religions, Christianity is divided into many different denominations. Each of the Christian denominations practice various doctrines specific to them. I can certainly understand why so many people would question God. But let us be reminded, God did not create the various religious institutions. He gave us His word to follow. In 1 Timothy 4:16 we read, “Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.” Anyone really interested in understanding God’s word needs to put all previous influences away and open their minds to understanding what God’s message to us is. Consider Ephesians 4:14 where it says “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;”
I don’t want anyone to be insulted or offended by my beliefs, but what I want is really irrelevant. What God wants is relevant. Honoring His word and living according to His teachings is what is relevant and required by us. We lose sight of His teachings when we wrap ourselves up into compromise. If I only give in this time, we can have peace. Well, I see many dangerous issues there. I see compromise becoming the rule and way of life. Secular tolerance for only those who share the same secular beliefs. Societal tolerance of Christianity is rapidly declining. 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?”
We see, all too often, Church Leaders compromising in order to be politically correct. Is that the purpose of today’s Church? Some Pastors have even said they will remove crosses from their Churches in order to make Muslims feel more comfortable. What are they thinking? Is the Muslim going to attend a Christian church? I don’t think so, any more than a Christian would attend a Mosque. The only Muslims that may attend a Christian Church are those who have seen Jesus, and His cross would not offend them. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”
Can we look at our nation’s history and determine a turning point? When did things start to spiral down for America? I keep going back to the 1960’s. That was the era of Free Love and the Woman’s Liberation movement. We also wept as we witnessed prayer being removed from our schools, as if talking to God before lunch or a ball game was a bad thing! All of these things had a significant impact on our society. No matter how you slice it, we as a society allowed these things to take place with very little fight. The whole free love movement opened the door to radically promiscuous behavior in our own children. The Punk Rock’s cultural’s wanton extremes led to use of recreational drugs like LSD and Angel Dust. The indulgences of hallucinogenic drugs and battling against the establishment took the place of family gatherings and Church attendance. Many of the youths, who were caught up in this debauchery, later turned their lives around. They did so when it became necessary to find a good job and support a family. But during that time, radical movements were all the rage. Unwilling to step in, so many of us thought, “Oh, this will pass, it’s just a phase.” How wrong we all were!
Take for example the Woman’s Liberation movement. The movement of the 60’s was vile, and women extreme in their preaching. They persuaded women to believe they had no value unless they were willing to give up home, and ultimately family, and join the fight for equality. When two parents worked, the thinking initially was so they can improve their life, the actual results were higher divorce rates. Older children were left alone to fend for themselves until the parent(s) came home from work (latch-key kids). In the case of the younger child, they were left with baby sitters who were chosen by their price rather than their values. So what happened to our children can be traced directly back to when this all began, smack back to the whole free love and woman’s movement era. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for women’s rights, however, the movement of the 60’s was at the detriment of the whole family. Look at what is going on today. We have some of the harshest women’s movement in history. It’s run by angry, venomous feminists not traditional, family-oriented women. I enjoy being a woman, I love the attributes I bring to both the home and work place so why would I want to change those attributes, to mimic a man? Well, at the time, women didn’t see it in that light. Although, some women, after much consideration and in retrospect, have come to those conclusions after all was said and done. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Let’s take a look at the Church. Church pews empty, Church times reduced, and Church doors locked. I remember, if I needed, being able to go sit in Church no matter what time. Not anymore. Those doors are now locked. Why? Because of vandalism. When we lived in a age of mutual respect, properties and persons were important. Therefore, the Church’s could leave their doors open. Not anymore. We have continued to become an angry society. Now, those in power and with a strong voice dictate the perversions we are witnessing today. Once the whole gay marriage issue was legitimized, it opened the doors to all other perversions, including pedophilia. Now, psychiatrist are claiming that Pedophilia is a treatable disease and those suffering should be treated not incarcerated. Well what happened to enforcing the law and what of victims rights? What about how the victims are now emotionally affected for the rest of their lives? Yes my friends, we are living today in a perverted world and it’s only going to get worst. Christians are being pushed further and further into a box, and treated badly unless they conform to what society today says is acceptable.
So how do we get back to what we had before all this began? I don’t think we can. What I think we can do is stop accepting the things we know to be wrong. We are to live separated but not isolated in the world, so lets get back to hearing God’s voice in His written word. Let’s return to learning and studying the Bible and making life choices that keep us in line with what we know God wants for us.
There are far fewer true Christians per capita in today’s society. And we need to remember that it’s our responsibility to make God’s word relevant by demonstrating its value. We do this by preaching it, teaching and, most of all, living it!
My favorite verse is Matthew 7:14. In it we read, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” I don’t need to be surrounded by a multitude of secular people. What I need is to be surrounded by those who share God’s word and live in accordance with it. I think, if Christians would focus more on how we live and work and live the life we are intended to live for God, I do believe we can, to some degree, affect a change in our society. We must use our energies to vote for those who can return Christian values to our country, and who values the family unit. Not look at all the shiny objects that only serve to distract us and take advantage of us. (Psalm 1:1) “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;”
There are no easy answers, but I do know there are many wrong choices. May God be with us, and help us all to return to a more Godly world.
In peace and love…