Ive been a little disheartened lately by the general lack of disrespect towards God’s word by some in the body of Christ. I say some because it’s not necessarily a prevalent problem, but it seems to be growing as we see the church trying to mold itself to current cultural practices. I won’t delve into the specific areas where I see some in the church diverging from the word of God, but I do want to ask some hypothetical questions for us to think about.
Why do successive generations seem to feel more enlightened than the ones before?
Why do we sometimes believe we’re better, more informed, more savvy, and therefore smarter than Christians of past generations?
Why do we hear preached that God’s word is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow yet our understanding of it has somehow changed or been enlightened?
I ask these questions because I see the church at a crossroads of sorts. I see believers accepting things that God has clearly said are wrong. I hear of Christians who attend worship on Sundays but live like the world the rest of the week. God has clearly instructed us that his ways are greater than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), but many in the modern church are not heeding his instruction. People are leaving the truth and are following the flow of the world. They are doing it to fit in or because they claim it’s fun, but whatever the case, God-fearing disciples of Christ are truly becoming “the remnant.”
So maybe someone can tell me, when did God tell us to fit in with the rest of the world? I don’t intend that question to be sarcastic. But, if we have accepted the calling to follow Jesus and believe in him as our Savior, then in many cases we would look like the exact opposite of the world. I realize that it’s hard to live counter to the flow of society. It may, at times, leave us feeling very lonely and left out. We may be persecuted or ridiculed when we don’t concur with popular belief. Personally, I battle daily with the lure of the world and of the flesh.
Nevertheless, Christianity, by nature, is countercultural, especially considering the direction our culture is taking. We have very specific instructions in the Bible concerning our behavior and the love we should have for others and for God. Following Christ should result in a life lived in service to others and complete submission to God. Whether we do or do not understand or agree with his commands, we are to follow the lead of God if he is really going to be the Lord of our life
Will it be difficult? Yes! Will others blow you off or treat you harshly becaus of your dedication to God? Absolutely! Just remember what Jesus told us in Matthew 10:22. “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Keep your eyes focused on God and stand firm in your faith. Let your life be a light that shines in this dark world of selfishness and sin and God will follow through on his promise to save you in the end.