There is no question that we are living in troubled times. Times which are best described by the apostle Paul as times when people are consumed with self, boasting of a form of godliness but denying the power of true godliness, times when people are always learning but unwilling to acknowledge truth. Paul described such times as “perilous”, times of great stress (2 Tim 1-7).
We are living in a time when people have willfully exchanged truth for the lie and chosen to worship and serve creatures rather than their Creator (Rom 1:25). We are living in times which the prophet Isaiah warned about, times when truth has become relative and we call evil good and good evil, we call dark things light and light things dark and conclude that we are wise and prudent (Is 5:20-21). We are living in times of great discontent where everyone goes to great lengths to make sure that everyone can do what they feel is right in their own eyes and we call it progress (Jgs 17:6).
I am grieved that my children’s children will never know a time when evil was called evil and thereby avoided, a time when good was called good and thereby embraced. They will not know a time when it was an honorable thing to call truth the truth and it was rewarded, a time when a lie was called a lie and liars faced consequences.
My heart breaks to think that they will be confused about what the words “modesty” and “shame” really mean and that they will be pressured to conform to a new way of thinking…the “right way” of thinking. I am broken hearted at the pressures they will face to conform Biblical Christian beliefs, beliefs that men and women over the centuries have sacrificed their lives to uphold, because they now live in a society that calls such religious beliefs “bigotry.”
The threats and mounting pressures against Biblical Christianity today and its definition of marriage and family is unprecedented in the 62 years I have lived. My heart resonates deeply with the words of Rick Scarborough, President of Vision America:
“We are approaching a Bonhoeffer moment in America…Outrageous penalties are now being assessed against people of faith and conviction who haven’t changed their position on marriage. Rather it’s the courts that have changed the definitions, the rules and laws that now govern us. They are ruling against Nature’s Law and Nature’s God. Christians are being declared the lawbreakers when we are simply living by what we have always believed, and by a set of laws that the culture historically has agreed to.”
I urge you to take some time to consider what our children’s children are facing in the world today. I urge you to read the following articles below regarding what is taking place in our country on both a local and national level and the landmark decision that rests on the Supreme Court of our nation at this very moment. All Christians must be willing to stand for righteousness (Biblical righteousness).
We must be courageous enough to lovingly and boldly stand for and speak truth. Above all we must fervently pray for our nation, for our children and especially for those who are currently being persecuted for their Christian beliefs.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus Christ