Mending a Culture

The time in which we live is all too similar to that of Israel when Isaiah cried out: “Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (Isaiah 59:14-15). We are living in tough times as Christians. Holding faithfully to the Word of God has come under fire and those who express their faith publicly have become targets. Even though every other shade of religion is given the wide berth of a sacred cow, Christians are being persecuted for holding to their beliefs, especially in public, concerning prayer, marriage, the value of human life in the womb and a host of other issues. What’s a Christian to do?

This nation that was once “One nation under God” now takes a jaundiced view of holding Christianity up in the public forum. The only way in which such a society will mend is when God’s people return to Him in repentance and encourage our society to do likewise; we must return to God. However, such will not occur until there is a candid admission of sin instead of accepting, tolerating, or even apathetically ignoring it. Further, there must be a turning back to the God of the Bible. This is not a popular position but can be resurrected if Christians are willing to stand up and be counted, voice their faith and refuse to cower or apologize in the face of suppression.

First, sin must be identified: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20); exposed: “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11); and corrected: “Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezekiel 18:30). Along with that, we cannot suppress the preaching of truth, no matter the discomfort or derision, and expect society to change.

Second, there must be a nation-wide return to the God upon whom this country was founded. America did not get its start nor will it continue under the banner of Allah, Buddha or any other imagination of deity – no offense is intended, this is just a historical observation. Over and over, the founders of this country referenced and recommended a God that was all powerful, just, merciful and in control of all human activities but, more importantly, gave value to the human life we see decimated and disregarded by other world religions. Further, there was mandated by our forefathers a freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. As a country, we must return to our roots.

The mending of our culture will not be quick or easy but it can happen.

Jeff Sweeten