You have to have been on Mars to fail to realize the chaotic world we’re living in. Just read the paper, check google or listen to the idiotic political debates or rhetoric. Because of our politically correct culture, most everyone is walking in offenses, shaming people who don’t “look right” or they’re intolerant because people have a different opinion from theirs. It’s getting more crazy daily, comprende?
The Bad News
Serious problems abound: Drugs, sex trafficking, violence, stupid racism, and, yes the, often-moronic exchanges on social media. Suicide and murder are commonplace, broken marriages; millennials are flipping out, and, of course, look no further than education to see the bozo educational system that impacting our kids. Good teachers are trapped in a stupid system that often rewards failure. People are mixed up! I’m putting this mildly.
God said very clearly that rejecting His truth would result in a culture of empty heads bent on destruction. Face it— many are gender confused. They have no idea who they are! The following text from the Bible essentially says God turns over people to a spirit of stupidity if you reject His Truth.
“18-23 But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
24-25 So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!
26-27 Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches. The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand” (Romans 1:18-27 The Message)
Like it or not, the Apostle Paul has perfectly described the sad state of many in America (and the world) today, living as if there is no tomorrow while eternity stares us in the face. There is no middle ground: heaven or hell awaits every human on this earth. God in His compassion and mercy through Christ extends His Hand, but a small percentage will respond.
Other Thoughts on Culture
American culture is in decline, according to Allan Bloom, E. D. Hirsch and Russel Jacoby. Samuel P. Huntington also believes that the American culture and politics had been in a constant decline since the late 1950s, coming in several distinct waves, namely in reaction to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik; to the Vietnam War; to the oil shock of 1973; to Soviet aggression in the late 1970s; and to the general unease that accompanied the end of the Cold War. The rise of postmodernism since WWII has contributed to the decline of American culture, according to Goldfrab. Bloom observes that “instead of the pursuit of truth, there is an adolescent certainty that all is uncertain.” He criticizes his students for their relativism, narcissism and the decadence of love and friendship, pointing to such cultural icons as Mick Jagger, who portrays himself as a nihilistic rebel, both hetero and homosexual, embracing drugs and “the rock ideal of universal classless society founded on love.” Because youth bond with such decadent anti-heroes, they miss embracing the positive heroes of the past, never achieving a deep love for culture.
Former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett argues that America’s cultural decline is signaling “a shift in the public’s attitudes and beliefs”. The rate of maternal mortality has more than doubled in the U.S. since the late 1980s in stark contrast to other developed nations. According to the Index of Leading Cultural Indicators, published in 1993, statistically portraying the moral, social and behavioral conditions of modern American society, often described as ‘values’, America’s cultural condition was in decline with respect to the situations of 30 years ago, 1963. The index showed that there has been an increase in violent crime by more than 6 times, illegitimate births by more than 5 times, the divorce rate by 5 times, the percentage of children living in single-parent homes by four times, and the teenage suicide rate by three times during the 30-year period. By 2015, around half of American children were born to an unmarried mother.
We’re in deep trouble, but most reading this will turn a blind eye and ear to what’s being written.
Most people eat, sleep and digest news but aren’t apparently moved by what’s going on, thinking, “somebody’s going to fix this.” Not! Count on a world religion-political-economic system to offer a solution, but it will be antichrist!
In all probability without a nationwide return to the true God of the Bible through the Lord Jesus Christ, America’s bent toward “going its own way” will grow progressively worse. The ultimate outcome will be anarchy, as I have written about in other blogs. (I highly recommend The Harbinger by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn to discern where we are in terms of God’s judgment upon America.)
A lot of people are living in depression and fear, even Christians who know about VICTORY but don’t live in it.
The Good News
Ok, enough of the bad news. Can we live a Christian life above the mess in which we find ourselves? The answer is a resounding yes! But let me say, unequivocally, it’s not easy. Surrounded by negativity, hate, and, especially, selfishness, we cannot maintain a worldly mindset and expect to walk in joy and victory. Allow me to enumerate what I believe are keys to finding peace in a culture that’s turned inward and berserk in some cases.
- Take time alone with God daily. This isn’t an option; it’s a must. A short devotional written by a famous minister isn’t enough to offset the mess we encounter once we put our feet on the floor. Regular, unbroken prayer is mandatory. You not only can get your prayers answered, but you will begin to encounter the living God.
- Read & study the Word of God, the only truly inspired book ever written. Some Christian books are a good source, but every word of the Bible is inspired!
- Be careful what you read. The mess in social media is a never-ending quagmire of opinions that often only confuse. Some “Christian ministries” are doling out questionable if not downright heresies. There’s good stuff in many of these, but be very discerning.
- Be thankful in EVERY situation. You will encounter trouble — that’s a promise from Jesus Himself:
“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 The Message).
6 “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]” (Phil. 4:6-7 Amplified).
- KNOW that God is using ALL things to work together for good. Most people believe some things — this says ALL!
28 “And we KNOW [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose”
(Romans 8:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)
- Everyday tell God how much you love Him. You may find this difficult at first, but when your heart begins to realize how good He is, you’ll be praising and worshiping in a brand new way!
- Learn that your ways are not His ways. Face it, the brain often gets in the way of the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a]
This isn’t using your head. Please note it says, “Lean not to your own understanding” (your knowledge, your brain), but submit yourself in ALL your ways, & He will make your steps straight. This doesn’t make you simple minded— it makes you wise. You don’t throw away your brains to follow the Lord, but be sure they are submitted to the Great I AM!
- Go against yourself. This seems impractical, but unless you’re already walking in the Holy Spirit, you will respond in the flesh — big mistake. Most often our first response is wrong because of our fallen nature.
- Love the Holy Spirit. He is God on this planet! Do not relegate Him to an inferior part of the Godhead! This is a major mistake. When Jesus left in bodily form, He said He’d send the Holy Spirit (God the Spirit) in His place. Bless Him, welcome Him, and let Him take over your life! And, please don’t fall for the false theology that the gifts of the Spirit, including tongues and prophecy, ended with the first century church — Jesus Christ never changes nor does His administration of the gifts of the Spirit (Hebrews 13:8):
8 Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
- Stop focusing on yourself! Sure we need to consider our ways, but being beset with own selves is the road to depression. Jesus said, “Take NO thought for your life, what you shall eat or what shall drink or what you shall wear.” God is aware of your needs! (MATT. 6:25). Paul put it this way:
3 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. 4 Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others”
(Philippians 2:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP).
- It’s great to try to “Faith it” around difficult situations. I’m all about that. However, always remember “IN all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us”:
- “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”
Joseph Beckham is the author of Deeper Water for Thirsty Souls, Healing Bipolar Disorder & Other Disease and Soul Ties the Good, The Bad & the Ugly. These books can be found at https://thebloginthefog.wpcomstaging.com