Sunday, November 25, 2012
Avoiding The Spiritual Cliff
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV)
The United States is said to be on the edge of a economic cliff. Experts say that we could have another "great recession." I also think that the U.S. and the whole western world is slowly moving to the edge of a spiritual cliff - the love of many seems to be growing cold. (Matt.24:12) We have become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. The sins (and yes I said sins) of pride, materialism, and self-indulgence have made deep inroads in our nation as well as the Church.
Some say the Church has lost its voice in our culture. It appears that we are presently losing the moral high-ground and that we are in retreat. There seems to be no end to the loss of innocent lives through abortion and families are under relentless attack by dark spiritual forces. Many of us have felt like giving up on our society, but change is not impossible. So how do we avoid the spiritual cliff? It's really simple; those of us that consider ourselves to be followers of Jesus need to seek intimacy with Him. One person, family, and Church at a time can radically transform the culture by living surrendered lives - through the power of the Holy Spirit. And we must focus on making disciples, not just "church-goers."
I have hope for a better future. God has raised up young (and some old) pastors in the land who are not afraid to proclaim the truth of the Gospel. While some in the apostate church are casting doubt about the reality of hell and the value of Christ' death on the cross and his resurrection, others are faithfully proclaiming these truths. They are not condemning people for living ungodly lives, but are offering Christ as the answer to the spiritual bondage that so many struggle with. (You don't have to be a ordained preacher to proclaim the Good News.) Pray that we in the west would turn back to God and avoid the spiritual cliff. - Bobby