American culture is disintegrating because many Christians have one or more disconnects between their New Spiritual Life and their New Lifestyle. This four-part series looks at this eight-part sequence so that you can identify any unintended disconnects in your worldview and lifestyle.
Our Obedience Results In Positive Changes in Our Culture
To look at our current culture through our eyes can be very disheartening. Due to the grossly incompetent teaching from America’s pulpits during the past century and a half, the vast majority of fellow believers have no clue about how to live-out their Christian beliefs. Indeed, the prevailing attitude is that we shouldn’t even bother to demonstrate a daily Christian witness, because nothing we do will bring about any positive cultural changes. According to this blasphemous teaching, all we can do is concentrate on how great things are going to be in heaven, and wait for Jesus to return to single-handily defeat Satan and his forces.
However, as Christians, we should understand that we are not supposed to make judgments and decisions based upon our opinion, but upon God’s opinion. And His Word clearly instructs us that “it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom!” 62 We are also told that “the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” 63 What more encouragement do we need than knowing that we have been “predestined to successfully carry out God’s will on the earth,” 64 and that each of us will be rewarded “according to the fruit of our obedience!” 65
All We Have to Do Is Trust-in And Rely-upon God Isaiah cuts to the chase by teaching that those who don’t trust in the Lord are inviting personal “disaster.”
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD! Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster, and will not call back His words, but will arise against the house of evildoers, and against the help of those who work iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out His hand, both he who helps will fall, and he who is helped will fall down; they all will perish together. Isaiah 31.1-3
As people who have been graciously rescued from our sinful condition and adopted as full-fledged members of God’s family and Christ’s Kingdom, it must be wondered why we hesitate to completely trust-in God’s sovereignty? Job puts it best: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” 66 As we’ve seen, “no purpose of God can be thwarted by non-Christians,” 67 and we have been called for the express purpose to assist in bringing about God’s will “on earth, as it is in heaven.” 68 As Jehovah asks Job:
“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Job 38.1-7
Obviously these questions were asked rhetorically, because no human could provide a suitable answer. Besides, why proclaim to believe-in and follow a god who is not smarter and more powerful than we are? So, if a person persists in proclaiming to be a Christian, let’s counsel them to get serious about their profession of faith, and obey His rules for living. Otherwise, let’s encourage them to be intellectually honest with themselves and proclaim that it is they who are their god.
62 Luke 12.32
63 2 Chronicles 16.9
64 Ephesians 1.11
65 Jeremiah 17.10
66 Job 13.15
67 Job 42.1-3
68 Matthew 6.10