“Nothing is New Under the Sun”Categories: In the Bulletin
Christians, along with their Biblical values derided. God denied. Jesus mocked. Immodesty and sexual innuendo at every turn. Abortion rights. Gay Marriage and the homosexual agenda. Transgender Issues. Deteriorating race relations. Mass shootings. Murder on live television. Everyday, news headlines mark another battle lost in the great culture war. As one reflects over the last decade or two, our nation’s descent into a moral abyss feels like it is picking up speed. What was viewed as risqué in the 1980’s, now looks almost innocent and tame. But, are we the first nation to experience moral depravity? Are these the worst of times? Or, could things get much worse?
Scripture has the answer. God’s people have always been subject to the ramifications of living inside a world broken by sin. During Noah’s day, the earth was filled with violence and the wickedness of man was great, with every intention of the thoughts of the heart was only evil continually, Genesis 6.5, 11. Do you remember what is said about the time of the judges when everyone did what was right in his own eyes, Judges 21.25? As the northern kingdom slid into oblivion, it was filled with those who do not know how to do right and store up violence and robbery in their strongholds, Amos 3.10. During its waning years, the nation of Judah stumbled under the leadership of godless men. Jeremiah records Zedekiah’s burning the scroll that contained God’s warning and a final promise of mercy if they repented, Jeremiah 36. Think of the Greco-Roman world during the time of the first Christians. Christian virtues were mocked, regarded as foolishness, 1 Corinthians 1.18-31. They were subjected to heavy persecution and death, Revelation 2.8-10, 12-13; 3.7-13; 6.9-11.
In every age, Christians have experienced difficulty in the world. We need to remember this: No matter what, God’s sons and daughters move forward with hope. This hope is not that the America of the 1950’s will somehow return, rather it is a mindset full of confidence and determination to keep one’s spiritual garments unstained and get home to be with God, forever. “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself,” Philippians 3:20–21.
— Matthew Allen