Mt. 5:14-16 ~ 14- Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15-Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16-Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
According to a recent Gallup Survey on American views of moral acceptability, it seems that the only issues most Americans are morally incensed about centers around the death penalty and medical testing on animals. Otherwise Americans are more accepting than ever of certain social values than ever before.
It seems that Americans are not only more accepting of constructs such as homosexual marriage, divorce, and even adultery, but Americans are also more favorable of Dr. assisted suicide, human cloning, gambling and even embryonic research.
With that said and seeing that the trend towards liberalism is at an all time high, the question is who is informing the values of America?
Is the church informing social values? If so, then why is America seemingly more liberal in its values construct than ever?
Is the church a light of the community and world any longer? Or is this simply an inevitable trend in morality that cannot be avoided?
I believe that when we contend that society is what it is because "the bible said it would be like this" then we have missed the message of our action and role within society as a church. Salt is a preservative. However, when salt is not used properly, or when salt does not have any of its preservative powers or has been broken down, as Jesus stated in Mt. 5:13, it is good for nothing!
Mt. 5:13 ~ 13-Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Listen, what can we expect when we we have and endorse religious teachers and preachers who live immorally or live opulent lifestyles? What can we expect when we have teachers who teach false doctrines? Teachers who do not know, understand or cannot define the nature of God as deity at birth? Teachers who do not defend the faith by calling non-christian cults, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons CULTS? Teachers who rob the church and God's people demanding them to pay for expensive and lavish cars and home leases in excess of $10,000 per month? What do we expect when we have teachers and leaders, who divorce like clockwork, rape and molest children and even adults within the church, boil their children in hot water, giving them 4th degree burns, break their spouses ribs and limbs and claim that they are "forgiven"?
Are we out of our minds? Are we really that far off the beaten path that we believe that God will simply accept us, AND our unrepentant sins simply because of who we "think" we are? Do we believe that the world will take us seriously with all of our issues splatted out before them along with our excuses while we simultaneously point the finger at their excesses?
THIS is why the world hears us as an "alternative" voice, not as the VOICE OF GOD! Why? Because we cannot live any of it and what we do live is in the shadows looking for and waiting for the acceptance of "mainstream society".
Have we considered however, that mainstream society is waiting on US to make a difference? Sinners will play with embryos, when we have not proved that life has any significance other than the material substance from which it is made. Society will not see anything wrong with Dr. assisted suicide, when they don't see and or understand that life is a gift from and of God and something worth fighting for. Why shouldn't society endorse polygamy, when half the church is still confused over homosexual marriage and has no clue as to why such behavior is not only biblically unacceptable, but yet damaging to society in general.
I am afraid we, as a church, have stood for NOTHING, (with the exception of an offering) and society has fallen for everything as a result. Is it our fault that society accepts what it accepts and is seemingly becoming more liberal in it's leanings? At the end of the day every tub will rest on its own bottom, however, we have set the landscape, opened the door, and the devil, through wild imagination has entered in and is doing a job on society.
While people are more liberal leaning than ever, a new set of troubles and worries has arisen. Illegal opiate drug use is at all time highs among educated, White, middle class, suburban individuals. It just so happens that it is that group of individuals who are experiencing the most radical breakdown of moral and social values followed by educated, middle class Blacks who are becoming more and more liberal everyday.
The ONLY answer is in Jesus. The ONLY answer is in repentance and turning to Christ. It is for this reason that I hope that the affirmations and commitments that were loud speakered all across the nation on the most recent national day of prayer, was real. For it may have been because of that realness that our families, and community is saved!
2 Chron. 7:14!