Recently, two sets of parents confided in their pastor that their daughters, both 16 years old, learned to bypass the filter on the Internet and had been watching pornography since they were 14. Only God knows the horrid lasting affect such filth will ultimately have on our society.
The looming question is: how can followers of Christ balance our displeasure with flagrant sin against upholding the redemptive work of Calvary?
We must stand firm against the sins of a lost world while, at the same time, we unceasingly show those about us Christ’s love, concern, and saving power.
The Bible promises: “‘Come now, let us reason together’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).
We are now facing not only sex, drugs, and alcohol, but also addiction to video games, texting, and the Internet. One pastor told of an incident during Communion when teenagers had to stop texting on their cell phones to receive the bread and wine.
As the writer Neil Postman observed, “We are amusing ourselves to death.”
The late Paul Harvey, a network newsman, was heard regularly on the radio for many years. He often gave his opinion on his broadcasts and in his syndicated newspaper column regarding matters of conduct and right and wrong.
A committed Christian and member of the Plymouth Brethren church, Harvey commented about young people.
“I’m against giving youth more freedom. They’re already about as free as an unguided missile. Jesus did not campaign for unlimited freedom. He bound Himself to God’s will.”
Paul Harvey concluded, “We need some Christian youths with direction and purpose, faith and dedication.”
God warned the nation of Israel that forsaking Him would bring agonizing results and concluded: “Your sons and your daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand” (Deuteronomy 28:32).
We must humbly face up to the truth that our country’s lost heritage cannot be recovered by laws.
Erwin Lutzer said, “If there is truly good news in America, it will not be announced in Washington but will be heard through the lips and lives of believers who share the good news of the Gospel wherever God has planted them.”
Someone has said, “We cannot talk about standing on the Rock of Ages and then act as if we are clinging to our last piece of driftwood.”
God will give us firm footing as we rejoice and live and work in the midst of our crumbling culture.
Where do we go from here? Oh, dear friend, we go forward! Persecution? Yes. Suffering? Yes, Death? Perhaps. But then there is the rest of the story — “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).