From the desk of Pastor Samuel M. Wright, Jr., Th.D
According to a recent survey there is an alarming trend that appears to be gaining momentum as society continues to move further away from the Judeo-Christian ethos.
This postmodern or period of modernity has given rise to several different human oriented as opposed to God directed ideas that have become the rule.
Those thoughts have produced a nation of people who have become increasingly less concerned with the standards that have been established by the one true and living God.
We are reaping the fruit of our unwillingness to honor the God who created this world, and His word that was given to us for our direction and protection. See Psalm 119:11 NKJV
Regarding religious practices, the survey indicates the following:
29% of American adults categorize themselves as “none” when asked about religious affiliation.
That number is up from 23% in 2016, up from 19% in 2011
A ten percent uptick in adults who have disconnected or never embraced the basic tenets of any religious belief. People who admittedly have no religious compass represent an alarming 10% increase during the last decade. Many adults are identifying themselves as agnostic or atheists.
Others are blending Buddhist, Taoist and Hindi mantras as part of their religious experience with conventional Christian worship. Dangerous to say the least.
The fastest growing religious group in the United States of America identify themselves as unaffiliated.
With these numbers before us, is it any wonder why our country and our world, our homes and our schools, our government and our future is spiraling downward in a moral quagmire?
What is most alarming is that the trend is taking our children (our future, our hope) with it.
How can we begin to stanch the bleeding that threatens to take the most essential spiritual, social, economic, emotional and social oxygen from us?
We (society) are on a ventilator. Time is running out.
The only answer, the only real fix is in God. The One true and living God. The Sovereign God (the Creator of all that exists) is the way out of the maze. Going back to our true foundation based on the bible, is the only chance of survival.
As great as our democracy is, even with its flaws, cannot rescue us from the abyss. Social programs won’t suffice. Government initiatives can only do so much, go so far.
Our hope, the hope for our children who languish in this present darkness, struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, self-loathing global warming, racism, gender bias, inflation and hopelessness are depending on the adults who have disconnected from our Judeo-Christian compass to reconnect before it’s too late.
The church, the body of Christ must make itself known. We are here to be the salt (preservative) and light (moral compass) that gives flavor and direction to an environment that has lost its way, lost its efficacy or perhaps its nutritional value. See Matthew 5: 13 – 16 NKJV
The pandemic has opened our eyes. We are not able to overcome the scourge called COVID without Divine intervention. We will not be able to overcome global warming unless God speaks, we must listen and obey His direction. Ultimately, we will not survive the hatred, malice, the spirit of self-promotion, self-aggrandizement, until we commit to turning away from humanism and return to God.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. See 2 Timothy 3: 1 – 4 NKJV
The apostle Paul continued his exhortation to Timothy. Having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Vs. 5 Paul admonished the young pastor elect and he warns the present ecclesia to stay away from those who adopt and demonstrate thoughts, ideologies, apostacy that are contrary to sound doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and thy will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. See 2 Timothy 4: 3 – 4 NKJV
Evidence that we are in that dangerous season is being confirmed as we see people believing the “big lie”(s), and embracing conspiracy theories that keep us from healing,; keep us from embracing the truth!
There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof leads to destruction. See Proverbs 14:12 KJV.
That is where we are headed. A cataclysmic reckoning is upon us if we fail to heed the call to make our way back home.
The parable of the prodigal son is evidence that all is not lost. Our heavenly Father eagerly waits for evidence that we are making our way back to Him.
See Luke 15: 11 – 24 NKJV
He is preparing to embrace us, celebrate us and reacclimate us to the family dynamic He established.
Something to consider before another decade of devastating statistics become more than just a set of poll numbers.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal the land! 2 Chronicles 7: 14 NKJV