As a Christian who embraces biblical values I am deeply concerned (and I am confident I am not alone)! Increasingly I see the broader culture becoming what Francis Schaffer called “post-Christian” (even antagonistic and intolerant of biblical moral values). I’m alarmed that your children and my grand-children will likely grow up and live in a cultural context that lauds and celebrates things the Bible calls sin and perversions. A culture of “disposable marriages” – “same sex marriage” – open homosexuality (and that just highlights a few very visible issues). Situational ethics and tolerance will become the cultural justification for all kinds of abhorrent behavior for Christians. Anyone who takes a stand against what “tolerance” and “diversity” trumpets will be labeled a “bigot” or “radical.” Scary eh?
How can our children or grandchildren remain morally pure? How can new Christians who have come out of lives of sin be discipled to overcome the temptations they face in the marketplace (and sometimes even in religious circles)? Those concerns were running through my head this morning as I read these wonderful words in Galatians…
“The Lord Jesus Christ… gave Himself for our sins to DELIVER US FROM THE PRESENT EVIL AGE, according to the will of our God and Father!” (Galatians 1:4 ESV)
Jesus is enough! God is up to the task! The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, followed by His resurrection from the dead, provides the adequate provision and grace to transform a life and give deliverance from the present evil age!” This brought to mind another wonderful assurance in the Bible… “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you BLAMELESS before the presence of His glory with great joy – to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, BEFORE ALL TIME, AND NOW, AND FOREVER! AMEN!! (Jude 24-25 ESV).
Praise the Lord! I’m relieved… but I’m also vigilant and interceding!