Friday, May 13, 2011
The Need for a Radical Revolution
Each generation emulated the generation before it for a very long time. Values remained static. Morality never changed. Most people knew the difference between right and wrong even if they chose to do what was wrong. They also knew that they had to take responsibility for their actions.
I know the world is changing technologically but the parallel of these innovations and scientific discoveries is the change in humanity itself. We seem to think we have evolved into a higher form of ourselves by changing long established values. We think of ourselves as magnanimous when we do not hold others responsible for their actions or allow them to give flimsy excuses for their transgressions. We accept their sins as excusable and maybe laudable if their reason for sinning is deemed sufficient.
Poems encouraging murder are called art. Shooting someone who has gotten in your way is called self defense. Stealing has become a means of supporting your family. It has become wrong to deport illegal aliens, incarcerate enemy combatants or hold an unwed mother as partially responsible for her predicament.
It seems that the morons are the new geniuses for the day. Pastors who bend and question God’s word are called great communicators. Politicians who spend into bankruptcy are said to have a grasp of the economy. Those who use an inordinate amount of energy and pollute the earth freely are called great ecologists. Does any of this make any sense?
What is going on? Why has the world rejected that which has been proven true for generations?
Maybe I am too simple. Maybe my answer reflects my own bias. I can’t be sure since it is my own bias and I don’t know how to think something else is right. It seems that the more we deviate from our faith, the more we deviate from common sense. Our faith told us to honor our parents and listen to our elders. It said we should work hard, put our faith in God and expect His reward. It said that our lives would have no anchor if God allowed us to go our own way. Therefore, it told us to seek God while He can be found.
How long can a faithless society last? Maybe we should ask some of the past great civilizations. People will demand order when the chaos gets bad enough. They will support totalitarianism to ensure their safety. They will forfeit freedom for sustenance. The will cry for oppression in order to set things in order.
We need a revolution. It should not bring any violence to anyone other than the person who is revolting. The revolting must be done against ourselves. We must return to the God of our fathers. We must not allow things of insignificance to take the place of the vital. Taking our children to church and teaching them the fundamentals of faith must be more important than taking them to ball practice and teaching them how to catch. Holding them responsible for work around the house must be more important than taking them to Disneyland. Giving them rewards and teaching them honor must be more important than false self esteem generated from awards that mean nothing. Living out your own faith before others must be more important than getting what you want. Giving to God must take precedence over the desires this world generates.
This is not a message of doom and gloom. It is one of saying that we must wake up and return to our faith before we lose everything. Yes, I believe God will heal our land and even our own minds which have become believers in things contrary to His word. I also believe that He is calling me and you to commit ourselves to Him for that healing. it requires a revolution in our lives for we must rebel against the societal changes which are conforming us.
It will take an effort to be transformed. It will take a renewal. It will take a decision from me and you.
It will be radical.
Romans 12:2 (ESV)
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.