It’s not a surprise to most of us that the world is an inherently wicked place. All around us we hear the stories of rape, violence, trafficking children and every imaginable kind of evil. When I read the Bible I am not surprised. Man has always struggled with his baser nature and after perusing some of the stories in the Old Testament it is pretty obvious that evil has and always will be with us.
The part that troubles me is the matter-of-fact manner in which we discuss these things. Our kids come home from school and talk passively about their openly homosexual friends. Parents are overheard at high school football games talking about buying a keg for their teenagers after party, and most troubling is that we invite this stuff into our living rooms and wonder why our world is so messed up.
I grew up in the generation that glorified sex, drugs and rock and roll. I wish I could tell you that I was able to transcend the impact of our generation’s values, but thats not the case. I still see occasions where the values I grew up with impact my world view (and not always for the better).
Think about what our kids are growing up with? They have been born and raised in a society where 3/4 of all children will spend at least part of their lives in a single-parent home. Pre-marital sex is readily equated with love (especially among our teenage population). Homosexuality is just another way to love someone and we shouldn’t judge people for expressing their love. Our education system is now at war with our religious values and beliefs and even where Christianity is practiced it is more of a social/community activity than it is a spiritual commitment.
Lest this sound like a woe is me sort of post. Let me share two encouraging thoughts with you:
- Noah lived in an age where the thoughts and imaginations of men’s hearts where evil continually, but he preserved his family through faithful obedience to God.
- History bears out that when our faith in God comes under attack that Christianity flourishes. God reminds us through the story of Gideon that 30o men of faith are more powerful than 10,000 in the camp of our enemy.
Yes, we live in a troubled world, but it is an opportunity to let our light shine. “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” Sir Francis of Assisi