Living in the Good Old Days or Living in the Challenges of Today?
June 1, 2018, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Searching for our Savior in His book
When I contemplate the world in which we live, I see several very troubling changes. First, the line between right and wrong has become blurred beyond recognition. Our culture has moved from a wholesome standard of morality to a wholesale emphasis on tolerance.
There was a time—I remember it well—when prayer was a daily occurrence in every schoolroom. presidents quoted from the Bible, pastors preached straight from God’s Word, and people treated Scripture with reverence. But times have changed. The ignorance of biblical knowledge in our society is rampant.
Finally, through an intensifying embrace of postmodernism, we have clearly shifted from a Christian era to a post-Christian era. Instead of interpreting life honestly, we are now encouraged to view it emotionally and to act accordingly. Our thinking is no longer based on the objective truth of the Bible.
So many of us long for those days of old and the way it used to be. But listen to that objective truth of the Bible from Ecclesiastes 7:10 in which God tells us, “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these?
for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.” We are not living in that past world but this present world. And like Esther, to whom God, through Mordecai, spoke these words, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) this is our time as the church. While we need to hold on the the fundamental and objective truth of the Bible, we can’t be holding on to the practices and mindset of a 1950s church (which we call Old Fashioned) as we encounter and seek to reach our 2018 culture. We aren’t wrestling against ungodly liberals and millennials but against the spiritual forces of evil that Satan is using to destroy billions today. Think of it this way, wouldn’t it be stupid for a sports team competing in today’s world to use the equipment and mindset of a 1950s team? Wouldn’t it be ignorant to do business in today’s world using the technology of the 1920 society? So we need to proclaim the same message, the Cross of Christ and a personal relationship with God based on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as presented in the literal Word of God but do it using 2018 technology and methods. Yes we do live in a world which no longer has clearly defined lines of right and wrong. We live in a world of tolerance that is one-sided. We live in a world in which the people of God minimize prayer and focus on self-effort. We live in a world where leaders are godly people (but we are hearing more about God and His grace today), and we do live in a postmodern society. But God has never been limited by what others do and He never will be. So as His church, let us go in His power and storm the gates of hell in our endeavor to share the Gospel and see lives set free from the prison they are in. God is still changing lives and the Gospel still works.

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