#3 How do we respond in a fast changing culture

The direction our leaders in America are taking us is very troubling. Political correctness is out of control. Ridiculous laws are being passed at break neck speed to please those seeking to justify sinful lifestyles and immoral practices. The backbone of a nation is its morals and respect for life, liberty and justice as derived from scripture.
 
Politicians and our Supreme Court have, by their actions, made new laws that fly in the face of the values we have taught and treasured since the founding of our nation. Our religious liberties are being systematically eroded before our eyes. So what can we do? The answer is the same as it’s always been with God’s people. We are to follow Jesus, even when it’s not popular or socially accepted.

Well, what is taking place is nothing new, it stems from a humanistic worldview instead of a biblical worldview. However, we are losing our edge by compromising with sin. Fortunately, there is still hope because God is paying attention to His church and our obedience to Him. God can change the course of a nation based on our obedience, not the worlds. In fact, because we serve a risen King, the world will always be opposed to our faith. Jesus said they would. In John 17, Jesus prayed that God would protect us from the evil one. We are living in the world but are not to become of the world. The bible says that our “war is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm” (Eph.6:12)  Also, read II Corinthians 10:3-6. Another reason there is still hope is because our obedience is to Christ not the ways of the world. This is too important to miss. We have done a great job at telling our kids how bad the world is. However we must also tip the scales by telling our kids how great our God is. The bible says “be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” Rom.12:21. If the next generation is going to be prepared to stand for Christ during perilous times then we need to teach them what it means to “be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Rom.12:2. I urge you to draw strength and courage to continue living for Jesus even when others around you may not share your values. As you follow the Lord with loving hearts, unbelievers will be drawn to the Savior. In fact, when the church is unified and happy and praising God with lives that are holy and pleasing to God, lost people get interested in God. Hebrews 10:25 brings this out.

If you need some understanding and encouragement, carefully read the prayer Jesus prayed in John 17. Jesus said that we are “not of this world as He is not of this world.”
 
PLEASE read John 17, it will give you courage to stay faithful in an unfaithful world.
 
Keep up the good work!
 
Bro. Bruce Rudd