Have you noticed the changes that have taken place in our country over the last few decades? It started with subtle, benign, and seemingly harmless adjustments to our values, ethics, and morals. We reasoned that if this great land of ours was going to be more relevant and promising, we would need to expand our horizons. We would have to move from intangibles to things that would relate to our senses. If it seemed good and felt good, it must be good. Biblical standards retreated to the walled churches from their once prominent position within the government and schools. As the years progressed, so did the bold attacks against the Bible and the One it represented. We moved from all life is precious, to the murder of the unborn; from holy wedlock, to unholy unions; from holy vows of “till death do us part,” to “till I am ready to depart;” from trusting in God, to relying on human nature. The real tragedy is that the Church just stood there and let it happen. Because the church did not exhibit the visible attributes of God, and failed to promote God’s Word with consistency, the world had no choice but to seek something more relevant and satisfying. Now the church looks “upward” hoping for the return of the Lord to get us out of this mess.
Easter has been pushed out by the Easter Bunny; Christmas has been shrouded by Santa Claus; Thanksgiving is being squeezed out by the merchants. Sunday was a day in which stores were closed, for it was the Lord’s Day; now it’s just a normal day of continual spending. Not only has there been a worldly rejection of Christian values and standards, but there have been changes within the church as well. Sunday evening services have faded into nothing more than memories of days past. It is interesting to note the world was not active in that elimination, but it was through the carnal reasoning of some believers. They believed too much church would make one into a religious fanatic, or had some other shallow explanation. Wednesday night was a time of Prayer and Bible study. The community would never plan anything on that day for that was the Church’s night, but that would soon change. Schools and secular organizations started planning activities on that evening with no thought if it would interfere with the mid-week services of churches. Today, Believers cry out because prayer has been taken out of the schools, but think nothing of prayer being taken out of the church.
“Happy Holidays” drowns out “Merry Christmas.” Gifts are purchased by credit cards with no thought of the ominous due date. The number one question during the days prior to Christmas is “What do you want for Christmas?” Christmas has become a season of getting instead of giving. God gave us the greatest gift of all and He is asking us to share that Gift with others.
With the “Carnal Tsunami” sweeping across our land, let the church climb to the heights and proclaim that Jesus is still Lord. Let the Church be a beacon once again, signaling that the answer to life’s problems is God. It is time for the Church to dry itself off and stand above the raging waters of self- sufficiency and self-dependency and show the way to the outstretched arms of God.
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