Are we, in the U.S.A., reading the “handwriting on the wall?”
The brouhaha that happens over events such as the Shorter College lifestyle statement coupled with the current trends in politics, should give each of us reason to begin formulating our plans as to how we will live as Christians in a few short years. When this tide that is carrying us toward censorship and/or politically correct speech, lose of religious freedom, and statist control has fully arrived, how will we then live?
Dr. Erwin Lutzer, in When A Nation Forgets God, does an excellent job illustrating how Germany and other countries lost freedom under the guise of restoring economic security and tolerance. There are groups in our country who are using the same tactics today. Without an awakening and directional change, the U.S.A. will soon be a society without the protections of the Constitution.
This is happening because we have forgotten God and in His place we have accepted *relativism.
Without a change, what will become of the Church?
Lutzer points out that the church today, in America, is experiencing the best of times. We are allowed to worship and teach without fear of prosecution or imprisonment. There has been little persecution of Christians in America. However, this new wave that threatens to take away our freedoms is the norm, not the exception for mankind. If it reaches shore, we will then join the historical church where persecution and fear was a part of the daily life of Christians.
When this happens will the church go underground as it has done in other times and other places?
How, then, shall we live? It is a question we well may have to decide in our lifetime as conditions of the early church may soon be the condition of the church today.
And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. 1 Corinthians 4:12-13
*the belief that concepts such as right and wrong, goodness and badness, or truth and falsehood are not absolute but change from culture to culture and situation to situation
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