Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Culture Shock

Excerpt [with comments by Dr. Fred Thompson] from the February issue of Dr. David Jeremiah’s Turning Points
In 2010, I knew I couldn't remain quiet. In the wake of the economic upheaval in 200 7-2 00 8, I had already written three books on world-level concerns, looking through a biblical lens. I thought I had said what I needed to. But as I looked around at how rapidly things were changing, I couldn't look the other way. I had to speak out—and this time, sound an alarm.
About what? you ask. About the moral and spiritual state of our world, our nation, our communities, and yes, some churches. I was seeing things in those days that I never thought I would see—a moral and spiritual drift further and further away from biblical standards. I felt we were at a crossroads.
The fruit of that burden was pub­lished in 2011—a book titled I Never Thought I'd See the Day!—Culture at the Crossroads. I wrote about topics like militant atheism, Christians missing-in-action in spiritual warfare, the profaning of Jesus in the media, marriage becoming an option, the freefall of morality, the marginalization of the Bible, the increasing irrelevance of the Church, the rise of militant Islam, and America's failure to stand by Israel and why that failure threatens America's future.
By the time the book was published, about five months after turning in the manuscript, I felt there was already more to add! Things are happening so fast in our culture and our world that I could publish a new chapter each month. Think what we have seen just in the last five years—Russia re­asserting itself as a global superpower with implications for the prophetic future; the media-fueled barbarity of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS); the United States Supreme Court changing the definition of marriage and the trickle-down effects on the definition of family; the White House being decorated with rainbow lights to ally itself with the radical LGBT movement; the demonic rise of mass murders in schools and public venues; the increasing fragility of the world's economic order; the increasing threats to people by droughts, floods, and other climactic weather events; the rising status of true, biblical Christians as the most persecuted and least tolerated minority in the world; the federal government funding an organization that dissects unborn babies and sells their body parts, and more [including infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into influential positions in the administration].
Something is going on, dear friends. And we Christians, more than any other people, need to be aware and equipped. We need to be sensitive to the changes God is allowing in our world, and we need to know how to live in the midst of them. We need to know how to be in the world without being of the world—regardless of what costs may come.
In this [February 2016] issue of Turning Points we are going to reprise the theme of the last chapter of I Never Thought I'd See the Day! That chapter is titled, "When Changing Your Mind Could Save Your Life In other words, it is easy to be overwhelmed by what seems to be the deterioration, if not the destruction, of what we have held dear for many generations in America. We are a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values that are being routinely attacked and set aside. We no longer live in a Christ-friendly culture.
More than anything, we need to know how to live actively, not passively, for Christ. We have not been commissioned to live a defensive life but a life on the move. The Great Commission of Christ commands us to go into our neighborhoods and our culture with the Gospel. We are to be heaven's ambassadors, extending the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control of Christ to those who do not know Him. We are called to be salt and light—to push back the darkness and preserve the flavor of God on this earth.
These are not days of fear and frustration, but of faith! If ever the Church of Christ has needed to take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, it is now. God is in control. Christ is Lord over all. The Spirit offers us His gifts, counsel, and fruit. Our task is to embrace our calling, follow the lead of our Lord, and bring light and liberty through the Gospel. Please join me to those ends in this month's issue of Turning Points           
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