All it takes for darkness to advance is for those in the light to stand idly by and do nothing.
Recently, the subjects of celebrity endorsement of homosexuality and governmental approbation of abortion, issues which greatly plague America, have been examined here.
The pieces were received with sparse enthusiasm or response from the Christian audience relative to the number and demographics of subscribers. Conversely, the progressive response was swift and vindictive both on Facebook and in private emails to this Examiner.
To expound upon the matter, past articles like Moral Orel, Cartoon Network’s assault on Christ elicited scores of rejoinders, however, precious few completely agreed with the position that the Cartoon Network was wrong for airing a show that was intensely blasphemous.
Many of the self-identifying Christians who did comment assumed one of three postures: “who are you to judge,” “Christ has no need of our protection,” or “spare us all the outrageous indignation.”
This, despite the loathsome characterizations of Jesus Christ which prompted the piece; but then there are apparently those followers who feel the Lord being called “rotten little fink, a long-haired scrawny clod, …someone’s daughter,” and “…sure not the son of God” are all just big goofs, unworthy of notice or rebuke, reckon?
Contrariwise, the anti-Christian posters left a plethora of impassioned niceties like, “Why … are christian extremists going after one of the funniest shows on Adultswim? To me that is retarded. This show is great and …if you actually watch the show you will notice that it is not hating on religion. I see no blasphemy in this show at all…” (sic)
The point of this microcosmic examination, is that the continued erosion of Christian ethics, long the standard in America, can only be squelched when good people draw the line and say enough is enough.
Far too many are silent, submissive, or outright misguided concerning truth, while the culture war is ebbing away and the liberal, morally relativistic agenda continues to dig in.
Alarming numbers of pastors preach feeble, watered-down morality from their pulpits, afraid to offend, or worse, loose their 501(C)(3) tax exempt status. While their parishioners are often led to believe that engaging in worldly affairs, like rallying around cultural issues, is not “spiritual” and should therefore be avoided.
Meantime, countless other Christians are waiting on this made up thing called the “rapture,” ostensibly an imminent “air-lift rescue” where Christ takes his ineffective and enfeebled church out of the world in order to save it.
In this last days paradigm, evil is a prophetic inevitability, so why do anything that might stem its progress. After all, it’s only delaying the inevitable.
While still others simply don’t understand that there exists no Biblical prohibition on making moral evaluations, i.e. “judging,” any more than there is an actual Scripture that teaches that rapture scenario.
For the record, the injunction is against judging unfairly and hypocritically, and what is called the rapture is a description of the resurrection when Christ judges the quick and the dead.
The bottom line is far too many Christians either don’t care or are too afraid to engage the opposition. Of course there are high profile organizations which do much good, American Vision, the ACLJ, the Family Research Council and so on. But by and large, the average Christian takes little time to do much if anything to change the course of the world.
This lethargic indifference is in direct conflict with what is commonly known as the “Great Commission,” wherein Jesus commanded, “…All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Excerpt Matthew 28:18-19)
Many believers, encumbered by superficial understanding, think a Christian’s duty is only to share the message of eternal salvation in Christ. And while the import of that can never be understated, the mandate is also to disciple, that is, to teach Christian discipline, doctrine, morality, etc., to all people.
Part of the process is to speak up and speak the truth in love, whenever one has the opportunity. Unless this begins to happen, we can continue to expect the cultural landscape in the U.S.A. to change – for the worse.
Until next time…
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