I’m the result of the end of one era and the beginning of flower headbands, bell bottoms, peace signs, protests and free love. I was born into the epoch of cannabis fogged Woodstock and a metaphoric bra burning. Those that bore me saw transformation in their country such as they’d never witnessed. Change. By the time I hit my teens the Vietnam War was beyond weary and leaving chaos in its wake. Cultural change isn’t new. It is constant.
I believe every revolutionary mark in history has wrought a weakening of the Gospel. We’re witnessing that tenfold here in 2015 aren’t we? I tried to find words to sum it up but could find none as eloquent as these: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 NIV)
So humanity hasn’t changed. We’ve advanced only our cultural progress which is outward. We’ve created new ways and accepted depraved theories to carry out our inward iniquity. Don’t take my word for it, click to read Genesis chapter three. Humanity went straight from the beauty of our creation to exercising their free destructive wills. Wills that change with every ebb and flow of culture. We continue in this even as I type. I’ve seen second Timothy 4:3-4 quoted more now than ever…“ For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” Notice it says when people won’t put up with and they want to suit themselves.
In a continually changing culture no one likes to hear that they’re living in sin. People are going to great lengths to try and make right that which is wrong. Eve wanted that fruit regardless. We want all manner of things these days. God’s word is so clear on how we’re to live. He loves us and He knows what’s best for us. Christianity is misunderstood on so many levels. It is not a life list of do’s and don’ts.
It IS life!
It’s a personal relationship with God. It’s minding the Holy Spirit’s prompting to stop and think before we pick that forbidden fruit. We know we can be blinded by its beauty even as we reach to pluck it from the tree. Praying oh God Thy will not mine! It’s having peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of our cyclones. It’s having joy in the midst of heart storms. We acknowledge and confess our sin to the One who can redeem us and take away our shame and guilt. We choose to put our faith in God and hand over our selfish wills. We believe in His only Son. We believe He keeps His promises to those who are faithful not perfect. Only Jesus could be without blemish for us…
Our perfect Christ died for us even in our sinful state.
Out of that perfect love for us, Christ in us, is born the desire to snatch from the fire a precious gift before it burns. You. Not because the born again are holier than thou but because we’ve wandered the path called Burdened with Sin. Jesus longs for you, we long for you to share our hearts. Mankind may revolutionize many more things and live for itself but you don’t have to choose that direction. Don’t allow your free will to lead you to destruction. In the end every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. Choose life.
Choose the One that ever remains the same…
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)
Let Christ anchor you to Him now and for the eternity that awaits us all.
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