We’re at a place in our culture that no one ever thought we would see. Mass shootings, disintegrated families, rampant dishonesty and selfishness, cruelty, and the outright rejection of God, whose moral law cramps the style of the “liberated.”
How did we get to where we are today? It has been a slow devolution that started in the sixties. I hit puberty, young adulthood and married life in that decade. It was one of upheaval and rebellion that resulted in an outright rejection of all authority.
That was followed by the seventies, where we saw an outright rejection of moral restraint. The birth control pill and abortion on demand “liberated” our sexuality.
Then there was an outright rejection of common sense in the decade of the eighties when we said, “Let’s deregulate the communications industry and allow immoral sewage to spew out of every media portal!”
The decade of the nineties presented us with an outright rejection of absolute truth. The only absolute truth that our culture seems to embrace today is that there are no absolute truths! We can make it up as we go. You can believe what you want to believe. Call bad good if you want to. Just don’t say anything negative about someone else’s “truth.”
When we hit the new millennium, the devolution culminated with an outright rejection of God. “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins and “The End of Faith” by Sam Harris became best selling books. In the latter, Sam Harris wrote, “Faith itself is the most dangerous element of modern life.” It is no wonder why true faith is vehemently attacked in America.
So, what happens when a society outrightly rejects all authority, moral restraint, common sense, truth, and ultimately God? Take a look around you. Read the paper. Watch the news. VOILÀ!
Is there an answer? In God’s name, YES THERE IS! The solution can be found in a what, and a who. The Word of God is the “what.” God’s truth has stood the test of time, and numerous attempts to eradicate it. Christians and churches must become bolder and unapologetic in the proclamation and representation of God’s Truth! Why? Because we need wisdom today, and wisdom is simply living life God’s way.
The “who” is a Person, Jesus Christ, the hope of the ages. As He is crowned King in our lives and allowed to reign in our words and actions, we can begin to see a cultural shift in America.
That means there is another “who” in the solution: you and me! As we shake off the identity that culture has tried to strap us with and take up the sword of God’s truth, we can become the men and women that the God of the universe has declared we can be: selfless, faithful, and counter-cultural. We can be God’s change agent. That is why I have hope for America.