Our Culture and Life (I)

W. Terry Varner
December 20, 2015

Someone wrote, “The culture around us has declared war on all biblical standards . . . Some Christians unwittingly began following suit several years ago. That has opened the door for a whole generation in the churches to embrace postmodern relativism openly and deliberately.” No one will deny that our culture lacks a biblical basis and has a secular basis. To understand the “war on all biblical standards,” we mean there is no right and wrong, no true and false, no good and bad but only shades of gray. This is not the proper way of understanding God’s truth. Stated above is what is called “postmodern relativism.” To add to the confusion of the above concerning our culture is troubling. We believe following observation is correct: “The United States is entering a post-Christian era and is rapidly becoming a foreign nation to committed believers” (Charisma Magazine). The question is, “How can we instill in our society a love for God’s truths?” Consider the following:

God is unchanging. Society must understand that God and His truth is unchanging. “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 4:6). God is sovereign, that is, God rules. “You, O Lord, remain forever; Your throne is from generation to generation. . . . Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old. Unless You have utterly rejected us, And are very angry with us” (Lamentations 5:19, 21-22). God does not change. When man forsakes God, God is very angry. We correct matters that displeases God when, and only when, we restore God’s truths as our way of life. How much comfort do you receive knowing God is unchanging?

Man must repent and embrace God’s way. Jeremiah asks, “Why do Your forget us forever, And forsake us for so long a time?” We can turn this question around and ask our culture, “Why have we as a people forgotten God?” When Israel sinned, the responsibility of change (repentance) rested on the actions of the Jews. “If you will return, O Israel, says the Lord, Return to Me; And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, Then you shall not be moved. And you shall swear, The Lord lives, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness” (Jeremiah 4:1-2). The emphasis is on people to repent, change, and live in truth and righteousness.

Men must understand the times. Christians cannot put their proverbial “head-in-the-sand” and act as if all is fine in our society. We must not. You know we must not do so. But we are too concerned with being politically correct even though we are all troubled by various wrongs within our society. Time has come for Christians to engage with the problems of society. In other words, cause and effect. If Christians act in society promulgating that which is God’s truth, it will have a great affect on society. After all the Christians knows God’s truth and ought to be practicing it. They ought to be on the offensive and not sit by wringing our hands. If we properly prepare ourselves for the battle, God promises victory. Wrong will not go away if right sits idly by and does nothing. I do not know a Bible verse teaching that Christians may sit back and do nothing. When we act then truth will be victorious. Christians must be as the men of Issachar, “who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). Support fellow Christians who have an understanding of the times and who know how to deal with the times because they are prepared.