The way we were
by Rod Smith
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Anyone born after 1960 would not remember how Christianity used to be. It was not like today’s ineffectiveness on a godless society.
Up to the early 60s believers were not afraid to speak out; the public heard about and knew what God said – and behaved accordingly. It was because individual Christians witnessed; there were Christian groups on street corners, and the Salvation Army was prominent among them - having testimonies, singing, preaching of the Word. Where I live they don’t do that any more.
Young men and women keeping company back then never even thought of setting up house together if not married. In fact they were outcasts of society if they lived together.
There were no big sporting events on a Sunday, nor on Christmas Day. It's because in England – and probably elsewhere - there was the Lord’s Day Observance Society. They lobbied politicians and government (much as the “gays” do now); the LDOS spoke up about the importance of the Sabbath and keeping it (though Adventists would argue about it being Sunday).
Society was godly because Christians got into action. There was no shrugging of the shoulders, “Isn’t it awful” and then doing nothing, as now. They did something. They had the truth and they made sure others knew it.
Today in the eyes of many pastors the Bible has become old-fashioned. Now it’s in with the new, the latest, the trendy. “Ah yes, we know what the Word says, but people aren’t going to like it.” Magnificent, powerful old hymns are sent to the Christian junkyard like a has-been Pontiac. Witnessing is out of date. “Oh we use the latest technology now,” but that means putting weak-as-a-used-teabag ads on the TV which contain nothing of the true gospel.
Satellite preachers give the Good News all right– but are afraid to give the bad news of the lake of fire for those who ignore or reject Jesus. “We mustn’t upset anyone, you see.” Any latest inoffensive gimmick which will put bottoms on benches is adopted.
“Oh, but revival is coming,” the preachers optimistically tell us.
The result of this failure to spread the Word is evident as we look at society. There are drug addicts; porn addicts; one-in-three divorce rates. There is rife homosexuality and lesbianism; obscenities are tossed around like pancakes; men have “partners” not wives; more teens are committing suicide than ever before. Society is almost totally unaware of what God says.
Imagine this. You wake at 3 am, look out the window and see your neighbour’s house belching smoke, burning fiercely. You yawn and go back to sleep. You do nothing. In reality the fire has not yet happened: the unsaved are not burning yet – but they will be in that fire unless you are God’s messenger to help prevent it.
Thank the Lord for those who do act in taking the gospel - but they are too few.
So dear friend, what will you do? Are you going to stay silent, timid and fearful? Or are you going to obey Jesus’ commandments, believe the promise that He will back you, and go do something about those lost souls?
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Never were truer words written, Rod. This world is like the Titanic and clever politicians are struggling to patch up the leaks on it, but in vain. God and Jesus have been expelled from government and the schools. The God of the Bible has been reduced to being just one of many beliefs systems. Christians are under pressure to shut up about hell and divine judgment, and talk only about a divine love which can never get angry with sin. So no wonder this world is in such a sorry state!
Rod, once again your message is sound and comes from a heart burning for the lost... Born in `49 I can remember the days you describe - at the time I was young and the things of God never entered my head - now they are never out of it! I love your passion - may the Lord inspire us all to move with such urgency, wherever we may find ourselves.. Pray like there`s no tomorrow - for one day, there won`t be....(source unknown) Father we, Your children, are ready and waiting to do Your will - as You equip us Lord, may Your Spirit`s power move upon us and the fire of Your love motive us to serve You in our fellow-man...Amen.