A blog friend, Significant Pursuit, is discussing the “war on Christmas” right now. While some might argue it’s just the wacko religious right who’s getting all up in arms with this (much ado about nothing), I argue the fact that this whole flap is indicative of our society changing as a whole & Christians not opening our eyes to the obvious.
The days of being a “normal American” & Christian are gone. America is in the post-modern era, like it or not. Do you realize how many kids have grown up in the church & don’t even have a Christian world view? So many would have no clue how to answer basic questions like why are you here? Is Heaven real? What proof do you have that the Bible is real or that Jesus really rose from the dead? I see kids from good homes taking Christianity so lightly & frivolously. I shudder to think what they are probably going to face in the next decades with no weapons or armor. These are the days they should be “suiting up”, but I see most of them floating down the River Norm.
The days of being a Christian & still trying to be “normal” in our society are long gone, people. And the current is quickly flowing in the pagan direction. I don’t see the trend heading back any time soon. But this is no need for doom & gloom! I see it as a chance for the light of Jesus to glow brighter. As the darkness grows darker, the light gets brighter. We who carry the light must not hide our light under a bushel, but just keep letting it glow for those around us stumbling in darkness to be drawn to the Light.
Bottom line; you cannot be a Christian in America today & just do what everyone else is doing. When Grandma was raising her family, the norm was to be a good neighbor, tell the truth, be a church go-er, dress decently, discipline your kids so they’re not total brats, pay your bills, etc. etc. Now, the main American goals in life seem to be to have the world revolve around you, teach your kids to be the same way (only it gets magnified in each generation – Heaven help us!!), blame everyone else, do what makes you happy at all costs, & truth is relative, so what is true for you isn’t true for me so don’t tell me what to do. Wow. Unless the Lord intervenes with a huge awakening soon, it’s going to get a whole lot worse in this department before it ever starts to get better.
So, in light of all that, my goal as a parent is to equip my children as best I can for what lies ahead. Teach them God’s Word & His principles. Openly teach them that we are in a spiritual battle – keep your eyes open for the enemy. Help them put on their spiritual armor as I put mine on each day. And pray, pray, pray!! We live in exciting times! But don’t kid yourself – we don’t live in a Christian society anymore. Not even close.
Note: It is interesting to note that the undercurrent of America until recently has been Christianity. We noticed a difference when we were in Korea, a country in which ironically now has arguably more Christian influence today than American society (they are about 1/3 Christian. 1/3 Buddhist, & 1/3 atheist). But when we were there ten years ago, we noticed the Buddhist undercurrrents in their society. For example, our college students had a bad habit of cheating off each other. To them, “helping” wasn’t cheating. They are more “all for one & one for all” minded & due to Buddhism’s influence in their culture over the centuries, they were not so concerned about the act of cheating, but of getting caught & thus tainting the family name. Americans, on the other hand, see it as cheating because, whether they know the Ten Commandment or not, our culture has roots in the Ten Commandments. They are where we have gotten our sense of right & wrong. We also are more individualistic as a nation. The team mentality they fan in the early years is literally foreign to us.
I believe these Christian undercurrents are the reason God is still able to bless us as a nation today. We still value Israel as a nation. I find this amazing & wonder how long that will keep up. We still have a vague notion of the Ten Commmandments, but is is quickly fading!! I mean think about it – adultery – not a sin anymore but a lifestyle choice, lying & stealing – funny if you can get away with it & it benefits you, Lord’s Name in vain – common use in public, although there are other words you better not say to offend such as “sin” or “Merry Christmas”, keep God’s day holy – unless you can make a buck or you have anywhere else more fun to go or do than go to church.
The undercurrents they are a quickly changin’.