September 14, 2018

                      Some Things Are a Shame, but Not a Shock

The trajectory of our culture and our country is truly a shame given its powerful Christian heritage. But it is also not a shock. The Apostle Paul warned us that when people stop worshiping the Creator and start worshiping the creation things will not go well. (Romans 1) He also warned that it is possible for a person and a culture to sear it conscience and as such it can then do anything! (1 Timothy 4:2 )

I recently returned from a trip to California, the state where I was born and raised. The natural beauty still remains, but the culture has been corroded. It is truly a sensate society, a culture of carnality and sensuality. The overt homosexuality and covert attempts of transgender identity changing confirm the truth of Paul, that when man rejects and suppresses the Truth he then worships the self. (Romans 1)

California is truly a culture of narcissism. But let's be honest. This is the natural default of all of mankind apart from a relationship with the Savior. Christians of any culture must determine to do two things.

  • First, we must always heed the words of Paul:

Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:1-2)

John also added, Beloved, do not love the world or the things of the world for if you love the world the love of the Father is not in you. (I John 2:15) 

Make no mistake, we are in a war. As C. S. Lewis reminds us; "Every square inch of the universe is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan." This means war!

  • Second, as believers in Jesus we are to be ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). It does not matter in which state or country you live. Our calling is to bring the good news to a lost and dying world. For it is only Jesus who offers the only durable and reliable message of hope - eternal life.

Let me challenge you and myself to pray for an opportunity to share the Good News. Might I also challenge us to look for the opportunity... and might I challenge us all to take the opportunity when we see it.

Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,