The apostle Paul, addressing the church at Rome, wrote, “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2 ).
Believers in Christ are pulled by two opposing forces—the spirit of the world and the Spirit of God. Nothing makes this more evident than the yielding on the part of some to what is often termed as the “politically correct”, even when this philosophy is a direct contradiction of Biblical truth. In order to accommodate, and be more appealing to the world, even churches give in to what is popularly accepted in society. One might understand such capitulation from spineless and unprincipled politicians whose main objective is to be sure of not being categorized as some kind of “right-wing extremist,” and thus being supposedly unelectable, but those who would wear the name “Christian” should hang their heads in shame for their defense of the slaughter of the unborn and, and the deviant lifestyles that are spoken of in Scripture as being an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.
We live in a world of constantly shifting moral and ethical values. The objective absolutes of yesteryear have given way to the subjective “if-it-feels-good-do-it” philosophy prevalent today. To stand up for Biblical principles is to be labeled intolerant, insensitive, phobic and possibly guilty of a “hate crime.”
Too many who wear the Christian label are caving in to the world’s standards instead of standing firm on the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures. Are we being conformed to this world and its wisdom, or allowing God to renew our spirits by His Spirit through His word?
The common conviction held by the founders of our nation was that this would be a Christian nation—a “nation under God.” The roots of our country sink deeply into the word of God. A popular cry was, “No king but King Jesus.” Until recent years we have been a people who have not been ashamed to recognize and honor God, and to see His laws as authoritative.
Sin has virtually become an obsolete word in our society. To say what the Bible says about sinful behavior and “alternative lifestyles” is to be accused of intolerance and “hate speech.” If you wear the name “Christian” in a day of moral relativism, be willing to stand firm on the testimony of the Holy Spirit—the word of God—not on the “spirit of the age.”
By Ron Bartanen
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