Arise, shine, for your Light has come!
IT IS TIME FOR CHRIST FOLLOWERS TO ARISE, PUT ON THE ARMOR, AND STAND.
Excerpts from the following article by Matt Walsh, July 24, 2018.
It is useful, then, to compare his attitude to that of the spineless, gutless jellyfish who call themselves “Christian” in the West today. While (John the Baptist) died for his defense of sexual morality and marriage, polls show that the church in America has abandoned its defenses on both fronts. A majority of Christians endorse same-sex marriage, divorce, and fornication. It would be one thing if a majority struggled personally with those issues. The problem is actually the opposite: there isn’t any struggle. We have simply declared that these things are not sins and carry no consequence. We believe that sexual immorality, as a category, has drifted outside the realm of moral scrutiny. This has been the general trend for most of the popular sins in our society. Even abortion is enjoying approval among wide swaths of self-identifying Christians.
How do we account for this? Are Christians in America confused on all of these points? Do they really think that the Biblical teachings on a variety of crucial subjects have somehow expired? Perhaps some are as ignorant as that. But I don’t think ignorance totally explains how we devolved from John the Baptist literally losing his head for the sake of asserting moral truth to modern Christians politely applauding while perversion and degeneracy are paraded in front of their faces all day long. The main culprit is not ignorance but cowardice.
Moral cowardice is the disease infecting our churches. We are not the first Christian cowards to ever live, but I think we may represent the highest concentration of them. Has there ever been a society plagued with so many Christians so unwilling to defend even the most basic teachings of their faith? Has any group of Christians ever abandoned so many of their doctrines so easily? Has any Christian society ever cowered so completely under so facile a threat?
What are we even worried about? What terrible punishment awaits us if we speak out forcefully in defense of moral truth? What great violence will be done to us if we oppose the hedonistic and relativistic agenda of our cultural overlords? Perhaps we will be the targets of unflattering comments. Perhaps some of our friends will stop speaking to us. Perhaps it will cause awkwardness in the family. In the worst case, we may lose our jobs. And so what? What does a job matter in the grand scheme? Almost everyone reading this will be dead in 50 or 60 years anyway. We can’t bring our jobs with us into the next phase. Our “financial security” will do us little good at that point. It would be a pity if we sacrificed the only eternal thing for things temporal and ultimately meaningless.
There will be no resurgence of faith in America until there is a resurgence of courage among the faithful. We cannot expect God to bail us out here. I do not think He is going to rescue our culture from total self-destruction by means of a miracle. He could intervene in that way, but as long as we continue being cowards, the gains made by Divine intervention would just be lost all over again. No, only courageous Christians can have a truly Christian culture. Only they can maintain it and defend it. And only they deserve it.