It is obvious that our world is confused about what is right and wrong. Of all the places in the world that one would think his faith has value and that he could practice it without fear of intimidation, it would be here in the United States of America. However, with the eroding moral base and a lack of a biblical standard of righteousness held by leadership, we are beginning to see how our faith is now on a collision course with the culture. Our President has become a champion for expanding the overreach of government into our private lives, and in particular, into our faith.
In America, we are supposed to be able to practice our faith, yet there are many in our government that are saying you can practice certain elements of your faith behind the four walls of your church, but you can’t practice them as private citizens of this nation. Pretty amazing when you think about all the inclusion talk and how we all should be more tolerant! I guess tolerance just goes one way.
With all this going on in our world, what should our response be? It is a disappointment to me that many in the religious community have chosen to conform to the culture. I heard a leader on Capitol Hill state that he, too, was disappointed in the response to the cultural collapse by many in the evangelical world. Many conservatives want their political party to be bold and take a stand for conservative values, but many churches and their leaders are silent in the pulpit and won’t take a stand for righteousness.
So what should we do? Should we retreat to our churches and keep our message to ourselves? Should we act as if we are forlorn and powerless? Should we act as if we are second rate citizens? No! No! No! We need to get on our faces before God and confess our sin and the sin of our nation. Then we need to plead with God for His power and blessing. We need to be bold in our witness for Christ. The Apostle Paul and the first century believers were bold in their living and witness during the very dark and powerfully corrupt culture of the Roman Empire. They were influencers that changed the culture; they weren’t spiritual chameleons.
Now more than ever the people of God need to spiritually step up in their lives. I suppose that is why the statement is made in Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Now is not the time to quit or retreat! Now is the time for spiritual boldness. Now more than ever, let your light shine among men!