Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Catholic diocese of Providence, Rhode Island says the “gay marriage” bill signed into law in that state by its governor, Lincoln Chafee, constitutes a new challenge of the “post-Christian era into which, clearly, we have now entered.” The Bishop went on to say that, “Our respect and pastoral care, however, does not mean that we are free to endorse or ignore immoral or destructive behavior, whenever or however it occurs. Indeed, as St. Paul urges us, we are required to ‘speak the truth in love.’ (Eph 4:15)” This according to a news report from CNS News.
Kudos’ Bishop Tobin! I think you hit that nail squarely on the head. You see, whether we like it, whether we acknowledge it or whether we choose to ignore it, the USA has now entered into a post-Christian era with the legislation that has been passed and the decline of the church. Our culture HAS Changed! It continues to change! Our grandparents would not know where they are if they were to come back here!! This country is NOTHING like it was just a few short decades ago. But, the slide downward to this heathenistic culture didn’t happen over the past few decades alone.
Our culture has been sliding for well over a century now from the spirit of revival that accompanied the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The church went from being a respected and revered institution to a hated house preferred to be destroyed by so many in society. A preacher was considered at the top of the totem pole of community leaders; now preachers are mocked and ridiculed; a fact that has been largely brought on by their own members lifestyles of compromise and open sin.
The reason that “gay marriage” and abortion reign supreme in this culture, surpassing all sense of common decency and ignoring all logic is that the country has no base for its morality. When you try to teach the principles of the Word of God apart from the name of Christ, it will utterly fail and fall into ruin. In the early days of TV, the shows that we all dearly love were good, moral shows. Ricky and Lucy slept in twin beds. Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, Barney, Thelma Lou and the rest of the gang all went to church (Barney sang in the choir!). Cursing and nudity was forbidden on most TV and movies. But, did you notice that on the vast majority of these TV shows, they didn’t once mention the name of Jesus Christ? Even when they prayed, they didn’t pray in “Jesus’ Name” on the air. The preacher, on those occasions when the camera caught him in the pulpit, NEVER invoked the name of Christ. But, they taught His morals! Do not lie. Do not steal. Be a good citizen (well, it is a good principle).
So, as time went on, questions began to arise such as, “Who said, ‘thou shalt not steal?’” And, who says it is wrong? Where is the authority for these morals? Where is the requirement that I live that way? After all, Mayberry was an imaginary community and the characters were dreamed up by human beings. It is not real, therefore, the morals they taught are not real either. There was the beginning of the real slide downhill.
Movies began to “push the envelope.” At first, it was witchcraft. Remember Disney’s “The Black Cauldron?” How about “The Wizard of Oz?” with its “good witch” and “wicked witch of the west?” Then came Samantha, the good witch on the show that didn’t hesitate to call itself “Bewitched.” Then came the dabble into “ratings push” things such as profanity and vulgarity that started slow and got worse and worse as time went on. Then it was nudity. In the 1990’s, TV advertisers said this is the “decade of women’s underwear.” Models ran around showing the world what God gave them with no shame. And we watched. And we sank lower and lower into the abyss of “desensitization.” Like the frogs put into cold water with the heat turned up slowly until they were in boiling water, we are in boiling water right now and don’t even realize it.
Heads in the sand with rear ends sticking up in the air abound. People with earmuffs drowning out the voice of God with the loud and shrieking sounds of sex, drugs and the like are everywhere. Exhibitionism has now become the normal way of life, with constant “wardrobe malfunctions” on every corner. Government officials touting that this is no longer a Christian nation. The government getting more and more focused on “entitlements” than our own survival. A narcissistic society that has gotten its gaze stuck on its own reflection because we are “too beautiful to take our eyes off…”
And, the scariest part of it all to me, most Christians are in denial. Christians say that it will be OK because these are the last days and Christ is coming back….as if to say that we have nothing to do, and our efforts would be in vein anyway because it won’t change the world. I’m sorry folks, that kind of stuff from the church makes me want to throw up. After all, if a “lukewarm” Christian makes God sick at His stomach (Revelation 3:16), why should the same thing NOT nauseate each of us as well? It should! It should cause us to become so sick of the way things are now that we dedicate our lives to trying to change it! Whether we think we can be successful or not is not the point. Being faithful to God is.
I challenge you to fall on your knees and pray! Pray like never before! Pray that God stirs something in the hearts of His people that has gotten very stale and needs to be ignited once again. Pray that the dying embers of faith in God in our society are fanned and catch up into a blazing fire once again. Pray that those who do evil to Christians will be kept at bay as the church rises up from the ashes! And, don’t ever be guilty of stifling the revival fires of God by saying it is a waste of time because the Second Coming is eminent! Folks, the Bible says that NO MAN KNOWS THE HOUR! Yes, it could happen even before I publish this letter. But, it might not happen for another thousand years! If you are so certain that Christ’s coming is nigh at hand, then why in the world are you sitting around on your stool of do-nothing doing nothing? Why are you not out trying desperately to win the lost and dying? Why do you not care one iota about the billions of people living on planet earth that are going to bust the doors of Hell wide open? Why are you not stirred to action when people refer to us as “those Christians?”
I think the reason is simple. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Check your heart. Are you really serving God, or are you doing it “your way?” Do you spend time in prayer every day asking God for answers? Do you share your faith with someone who is lost? Do you care? Really? If so, get up off your do-nothing and do-everything for Christ!
Remember that you are loved with an everlasting love! God loves you, and has a perfect purpose for your life. It is up to you to find it. It is up to you to ask Him for it. He is waiting. Will you give it all to Him right now? I pray you do. Only then can you find peace and joy in your life.
In Our Master’s Joyful Service,
Joy Christian Radio