Monday, July 20, 2015

What Should Christians Do in Light of Recent Court Decisions

Court decisions lead to questions, issues - Biblical, traditional, religious (freedom, Christians' individual freedoms), debates.

President of SW Baptist Seminary made statement that there's a "moral revolution" happening.

Moral change(s) - example:  60's sex and drugs
led to
Moral shift in culture in the decades following
which led to
Moral reversal ==> that which WAS condemned is NOW celebrated!!  AND, those who oppose are now condemned as intolerant, mean, hateful.

Most grew up in a culture friendly to Christianity.  That's changing!!!  Example:  in a recent poll:  39% favor gay rights over 59% for religious liberties.   A few decades ago, those percentages would have been vastly different with a much higher majority favoring religious liberties.

Christians should be concerned BUT shouldn't be surprised.
Jesus' warnings concerning "the world" - three different contexts:  a) world = creation  b) world = population (people)   c) world = viewpoint of the population.  View c is what is mostly referred to in following scripture references.
John 15:18-21, 17:13-19, 16:33 

Just remember:  we here in the US have been and are a very privileged people in this century!!

Question:  do the warnings for THEN apply to NOW?
Question:  Why are the conclusions so different???

Answer:  Viewpoint/worldview is different - 1 John 4:5-6 - fallen man = fallen decisions ==> fallen viewpoint

Viewpoint of the population today is largely a result of different views of God, Revelation, Authority

As Christians, we have always believed in One Triune God who created all that there is.   He sent His Son, Jesus, and revealed some of Himself to His creation through His Son and through the Prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.  These revelations in scripture and through the words and life of Jesus therefore are the Authority by which we try to live our lives and base our decisions.

1)  Contrast Natural law vs. fabricated law. 
Natural law states that the laws are already in place and it is our job to determine what these laws are and put them to use.
Fabricated law states that there are no natural laws, we will just determine ourselves what is good for us as people and make the laws accordingly.

2)  If two people go in different directions, they will arrive at different points!!!

Answer:  Respond Biblically - the instructions and admonitions there are too numerous to list, so here are just some.

#1.  Be Prepared - (this may be the new normal)
#2.  Be concerned but ...DON'T OVER DRAMATIZE - Heb. 12:4
#3.  Don't lose heart - Rom. 8:28
#4.  Read the New Testament in light of 1st. Century Christians in a hostile environment.  Acts 4:23-31
#5.  Be Informed - Biblically, Politically, Socially - get to know what we're doing
#6.  Beware (cautious lest you fall into same faulty viewpoint) - Col. 2:8  ( 1 Tim. 4:1 - "seducing spirits")
#7.  Be Transformed - Rom. 12:2 - "ongoing process"
#8.  Stand Firm "in the faith" - 1 Pet. 5:8-9 - Are you IN the faith????
#9.  Engage and Evangelize - 1 Cor. 5:9-10 - revival, awakening, conversion only directly affects 1 generation.  Must keep on keeping on.
#10.  Recognize the true enemy - Eph. 6:12 - not people, but spiritual beings
#11.  Pray for Revival - James 5:16 - "the prayer of a righteous man avails much" - we ought to be serious in prayer, and mostly we're NOT!!
#12.  Continue in Joyous Expectation - HOPE - Rev. 11:15 - everything will be good in the end.  Not necessarily from the here and now to the end, but IN THE END!!!!   God IS in CONTROL!!

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