Christian: if you find yourself surprised by the culture shift that has made Biblical Christianity passe and bordering on illegal, I have two words of exhortation for you. You might want to jot this down. Are you ready? Here they are....
What have you
been doing for the last twenty years? No one flipped a switch or pushed
a button to get this culture to go into immorality and relativism
overdrive. We've been too busy with building programs. Church softball
leagues. Gathering men together to get in touch with their inner
child\man\woman\extra terrestrial. Gathering women together to get
inner healing. Gathering children and teenagers together for pizza and a
movie. Trying to prove the Bible. Ecumenical worship services with
heretics and apostates. And on and on, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Man up. Pastors, it may not be too late. A dark age may yet be
avoided. Teach your people to study the Bible, yes. And then teach
them to not only live it in their home, family, job, etc., but in the
public forum. Show them how to engage the postmodern thinking of our
day with truth. Get a spine. Get up out of the study for an hour or
two each week and go to your local college campus. Talk to students
about the gospel. Go to the abortion clinic. Tell people not to murder
their baby. Offer them help. Go to a gay pride parade and talk to the
people there. Give them the gospel. Bathe the whole thing in prayer.
Pray. Call your church together to pray. Start up that archaic
Wednesday night prayer meeting again. Read. Read the Bible on your
knees. Read Ravenhill. Tozer. Lloyd-Jones on revival. Iain Murray on
revival. Jonathan Edwards. Whitefield. The Puritans. Bonhoeffer.
Repent. Stop waiting for a rapture because "look how bad everything
is" and start preaching and living as if Jesus is the King He says He
Do it, not to save our culture, but because it's what we should have been doing all along.