Take a look around, turn on the TV and watch the news or maybe pick up a newspaper, and what do you see? Turmoil, violence, civil unrest, attacks on those in positions of authority and just all around chaos it seems.
What is happening to our country and this world? People are acting as though there are no laws, no morals or standards to live by, and it is everyone for himself. People refuse to submit to or to have any authority over them, and it is getting worse and worse with each generation.
Before you start agreeing with this or start pointing the finger at others, we need to take a look at ourselves and see how we have contributed to this very thing. Yes, I am talking about those of us who call ourselves Christians. I am not saying that we have directly contributed to this problem, but I do believe we have indirectly contributed to it.
How, you might ask? By compromising the Word of God, by not submitting to the absolute authority of the Scriptures.
This isn’t something that we started; it was started by our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers. We have continued to walk in their footsteps, however, and have continued to make even more compromises. We want to complain that we are constantly having our religious freedom taken away, but the truth is we have not had it taken from us – we have freely given it away.
There was a time in our history that the Word of God was revered, honored, believed and submitted to by Christians, but it doesn’t seem that way anymore. Excuses are made, claiming that this is a different age and that things have changed. That might be true, but let me tell you; the Word of God has not changed and is just as valid today as it was when it was first written.
But let me ask, if we don’t get our authority to determine right from wrong from God and His Word, then where do we get it? Wouldn’t any authority that determines right from wrong, apart from God and His Word, be just the opinions and feelings of the individual making the claim of authority?
Wouldn’t right and wrong, then, change with whoever gets put into the position of supposed authority? One person would say it is wrong to steal, while another person would say that it is not. The same could be said for murder, abortion, lying, etc.; the list is endless.
Who, then, would be right if there is no absolute authority to refer back to in order to guide us and direct us as a civilized nation? Wouldn’t we then become a “survival of the fittest” type of society?
If we, as Christians, are not willing to stand against the masses and boldly declare what God has instructed us as to what is right and what is wrong, then what can we expect from the society around us except for turmoil, chaos, violence and civil unrest?
We don’t need to make more laws; we don’t need to try to convince people of what is right and what is wrong. What we need is for Christians to stand up and boldly declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and then to live it out in this world without compromise, without excuse and without apology.
So, you must decide. Are you going to serve the ways of the world, their declarations of what is right and what is wrong, and their demands? As for me we will serve the Lord and His Word.
JAMES COLE IS THE PASTOR OF SOVEREIGN GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH IN GROVETOWN.