The culture in our country seems to be dissolving into a subculture that is characterized by a sandbox mentality. The shifting of morals and valves has moved so far off center that it is almost impossible to make any sense of it. There is a redefining of terms in an attempt to be all-inclusive, no matter how far right or left opinions may be. Truth and authenticity have become secondary, fueled by the media’s biased agenda. One has to walk on eggshells, knowing that a deferring opinion will cause one to be labeled as intolerant or whatever adjective can be dispensed.
Christians must be very careful that they do not get interwoven in the tapestry of “change.” Believers need to make sure they do not try to reinvent Biblical truths by distorting their original intent. Whenever I hear that a “new teaching” is making the rounds, I hold my breath, hoping the “new” does not replace the “old.” The reason people are looking for a “new” truth is because they are having a hard time following the “old” truth.
It is one thing to speak about one’s Faith and quite another thing to display that Faith. People will see your behavior before they hear your words! People will notice your actions before they see your reactions. Believers must live the life they profess or they will become a hindrance to the Gospel. The reason there is so much verbal persecution against the church is because they see “faith-ers” confess one thing and live another. Churches need to dust off man-made traditions and become more like Jesus. Believers need to shed judgmental attitudes and show more love. We are not to be the Biblical police, writing citations to those of the world who are leading a non-Biblical life style. We are not to expose the flaws in the unsaved. We are not to ridicule the misguided. We are to be the physical representation of Jesus. If we are not representing our Lord, we need to take a sabbatical and reevaluate our spiritual life. One of the hindrances to effective evangelism is Believers who are living by a double standard. They confess Jesus as Lord but profess to the world a different message. We must never shy away from exhibiting the Truth, but we must share it with love and compassion.
What is the purpose of exposing the flaws of those with conflicting values and persuasions? Why do we exchange “fire” with those of differing opinions? Maybe the justification is that the world is using “fiery” accusations, so tit-for-tat. Fire to fire only keeps the flames alive. Almost every day, the social media is alive with character assassinations. What is disturbing is that Christians continue to replay bias editorials against certain politicians. Enough is enough! Most of the people that read these exposures get the point, so it is not necessary to continue to feed the carnal nature of fellow Believers with negatives.
I am convinced that just as God caused confusion in the camp of the Midianites on the night that Gideon surrounded their camp with three hundred horn blowers and lamp holders, that He will do the same thing in the cultural war in this country. The Midianites were so confused that they attacked each other. I believe there will be an epidemic of confusion when Christians learn to “blow their trumpets, hold up their lamps” and proclaim, “The Word of the Lord.” (Judges 7:20-22) Let every Believer watch as God will bring to confusion those who have opposed Him! God does not need Believers to point out those who are challenging the world’s “Promised Land.” (USA) He knows who they are and will deal with them accordingly.