The Power of Bad
Our unique and exceptional country was founded by Christian Theists and Deists. Christianity and its Judeo-Christian value system influenced everything from economics to education and has radically changed the world both for the temporal and eternal good of millions of people.
But there is another modification that has led to a transformation of the once hoped for Christian utopia into a social dystopia. We are witnessing Christians being blacklisted by the private sector, prosecuted by the government and censored by the media. The influence of the church upon society has clearly waned. One simply needs to consult the statistical realities of the social moral indicators listed by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1 to see that his vice-list of violations sounds like he is living in contemporary America.
One reason for this change is that the church has become more interested in personal peace and affluence than in making disciples of Jesus Christ. This is the ultimate "Mission Creep." If that sounds harsh, consider the shrinking of the size of the church numerically and the statistical growth of other world religions, cults and atheism, not to mention the moral corruption in every citadel of society.
Another reason is that 'civic servant leadership' has also mutated into 'careerism' and the goal of helping society has been replaced with the goal of helping oneself. As Ayn Rand warned:
"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed." Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957
Lest I leave you in the "slough of despondency" because of this dystopian dilemma, let me remind us all, that it is never too late to start doing what is right. What is right is to make sure we keep the main thing the main thing, and keep first things first!
The first thing is to "Make Disciples." How do we do that? Evangelization and Edification. Jesus commands us to "Make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Evangelism) and teaching them all things I have commanded you." (Edification) Matt. 28:19-20
How are you going to invest your week?
Until He comes for us,