last week I posted that I believe our “Moral Compass” is not only broken but has been tossed overboard (link). How can we be surprised when people behave in such horrifying ways when we teach them from a young age that there is no right or wrong, that morality is fluid and all that decisions have value? How can we be surprised when individual accountability for one’s actions is removed? That the individual is not to blame for their choices and actions; it is the fault of the weapon, society, the police, or even the victims?
As a Christian, I struggle with this situation. To be honest, as I watch our nation’s moral and social decay, I want to leave. It makes me want to find a place where we can live by the values and beliefs we hold so dear. Unfortunately, no such place exits. I know there are lots of folks who are relocating to certain parts of the country and building up communities of likeminded individuals but are those locations any more immune to the decay that has set into our social fabric? The same media, the same judicial system, the same Congress still hold the same influence and power in Idaho and Montana as they do in Los Angeles and New York City. Some areas may be a little more insulated than others but it is all them same country. Should we fight and rage against the progressive machine that is crushing the moral and social values our nation was founded on? Of course, we should. However, there is a cost to such actions…
As a Christian, I (finally) decided to go to God’s word on how to live in what is rapidly becoming a modern day Babylon. From a Biblical perspective, (though I am no scholar) here is what I see:
God Will Punish The Wicked
Whether it be Adam and Eve in the Garden, Babylonia, Sodom and Gomorrah, or even Israel itself God will punish those who fall into depravity. Israel, for example, turned away from God and began to follow the ways of the Canaanites. These ways were the reason God took the land away from them and gave it to the Israelites in the first place. The sins they engaged in included the worship of other gods, ignoring the laws of Moses, sexual sins and even the sacrifice their own children to Molech. God warned the Israelites to turn away from their sin through the prophets but they did not listen. His wrath was terrible and punishment was delivered through the Babylonians who crushed Israel, destroyed Jerusalem and The Temple, and brought much of the population back to Babylon to live as captives in exile.
The Good Will Be caught Up In the Judgement Of the Wicked
Although the nation of Israel had turned away from God and to sin, there were still good and God-fearing Israelites who were caught up in His punishment. Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were good men who worshipped the lord and did not turn away from Him. Yet they were brought to Bablyon and suffered indignities at the hands of their captors. Sometimes the good will pay some of the price of the wicked.
This is not a comforting thought in a nation where over 3,000 unborn children are sacrificed at the altar of “Choice” every single day. A nation where attempting to follow the moral beliefs proscribed in The Bible can lead to loss of income, jail and being ostracized as judgmental bigots (there are some of those out there).
Hope In Wicked Times
There is comfort for those who are caught in the backwash of other’s punishment. Like metals in a fire God will use difficult times and trials to purify us and make us stronger. He will use these times to make us better people and better Christians. As Paul said in his letter to the Romans:
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
We can also take comfort in the fact that regardless of what happens in this this world Christians are delivered from final death:
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction, is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
-2 Corinthians 4:16-18
We have hope in our faith and that God will use this to make us stronger. We can have hope in that He does not send us more than we can handle, although it may seem that way at the time.
I am pessimistic about changing the current course in our nation. I don’t believe we can stop this slide down the slippery slope. I am confident that through God, if it is His will, the nation can be healed. So every day I pray:
Dear Lord, I pray for our nation, that you will touch the hearts of our leaders and they will follow Your guidance. I pray that we will experience a revival and that we as a nation will turn to you and away from Godlessness and sin, that we will once again be one nation under God.
Take care and God bless.