Living and working in the Los Angeles area, my wife and I get the opportunity to drive around town everyday and we do see some interesting things but for the most part we see things that are pretty depressing to see. The things we see are still somewhat of a shock to us but it seems that desensitizing has settled in America and nothing seems to be shocking anymore.
The Apostle Paul, by the influence of the Holy Spirit, wrote about these times and what was to come and America is headed down that path. 2 Timothy 3:2-4 says ” 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” Knowing that this was written to show a glimpse of the future, gives Christians the hope of things to come. We are to have a watchful eye and be aware of what is happening in our surroundings (1 Peter 5:8). We see, day-to-day, Scripture being played out before our eyes and what is happening in America is a visible and clear shift or role reversal. Lies are the new truth.
As we see the decay continue of what was once a nation with some decent morals, we are reminded daily in social media, TV and radio how far we have drifted away for what was defined a wholesome and good. Morality is no longer important to this society. What is more important is self, money, boasting, etcetera just as it was written by Paul. The things that are the norm and acceptable to this society were once never even talked about outside seedy and perverse circles. What is in the open was once hidden to back alleys and behind closed doors. Homosexuality was hidden and had its place in obscure places in certain parts of town. Pornography was peddled in dark off the beaten path shops on the edge of town. Strip club type clothing was left in the club. All this was hidden from the daylight. But as we see on all social media platforms, radio, TV and even in the streets in broad daylight this has become the norm. This is what has become acceptable today, a great lie.
As this culture continues to destroy itself by going against God in complete rebellion, what we will see is a complete role reversal of good and evil. Satan has found a good ground to war with, postmodernism and the media. Throwing out any foundations of truth where each person’s view is acceptable to one another, Christianity will continue to be persecuted since it finds it’s foundation in truth. Satan’s oldest trick in the book still works today and it seems it is wroking well. Destortion of the truth is what he does and does it ever so descretely. With the thrust of this lie that society has fallen for, Christianity will continue to be pushed out of the center of our society. It will be pushed back into the dark alleys where once the immorality of man once dwelt. Out of sight is where the “haters of good” want God to be. This is no surprise to us believers because once again it was written. 2 Timothy 3:12 “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” To follow Jesus there is a price you will pay. Matthew 10:22 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. So is it any surprise this is all happening?
We are spiraling out of control at an alarming rate today and it will only continue to gain ground. Can God stop this? Of course but I do not believe it will happen. As other nations in history have fallen, they all have the same common denominator, they turned their back on God and lived by their own way allowing all forms of immorality to become the normal way of life. This was true for each and every one of them. In the Old testament God, in His perfect justice, destroyed nations that did not follow Him, He exiled His own people for idolatry. Like today, they were complete followers of idols that they have made. Today, be it money, cars, sex or even your children, anything that takes the number one spot in their life that is not God becomes their idol. God is very clear as He stated many times even in the Ten Commandments that “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 5:7). Since God is holy and perfect, He cannot allow sin to go unpunished. There will come a time, as it has been shown in the past, that God will leave them to their own ways, which leads to destruction (Romans 1:24, Psalm 81:12).
No matter what this society may become or how awful and immoral it might be, as Christians we have nothing to fear or worry about. Persecution will happen, it is not an “if” but a “when.” They can never stop the Gospel and even if we are forbidden to worship publicly, we will still endure for Christ’s sake. It will be more difficult as the days progress but if we stay diligent to His Word that He gave us, we can have the confidence in knowing that we are on the winning team. We know the outcome and we even know the score. We get it!
Please pray for the lost who are dwelling in darkness and have no hope for eternity. Reach out to them and give them the hope we have been given by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bring them the truth and cloud their minds which are full of the deception and lies that are being peddled as truth. They need it now!
In Christ <><