A statement for our time, used by Charles Colson, is on target as to how we should now live in light of recent Supreme Court decisions, as well as a rising in intensity of the hatred of all things Christian by the at large culture. Here’s Mr. Colson’s statement:
“Christians who understand biblical truth and have the courage to live it out can indeed redeem a culture, or even create one. This is the challenge facing all of us in the new millennium.”
The quotes, italics and bolding are used for emphasis.
For several years it has been repeating over and again that we are now living in the post Christian era. I’m not so sure about that, but I am very certain that things ain’t the way the used to be.
To repeat for hopefully the last time, presently things are somewhere near the total degeneration of Rome during Apostolic times and in spite of the depravity, the brutality and rampaging immorality, God used a demonstrated Christianity to usher in what was once known as Christendom, now called Western Civilization, the bona fide Golden Age of all history. In our lifetime we are witness to the regression of the Golden Age and we are again living in the dark ages of the decline of Rome. I know this suggests a bleak picture.
Get the bleak out of your mind and spend a few minutes musing on the truth that Demonstrated Christianity won the world, and by using the same spiritual weapons we can and must as Colson suggested redeem or create a more correct culture.
Most of the New Testament is actually written to the novice Christian to teach the nature of our spiritual weapons, and how to effectively use them in the war of the cultures. At first glance these “weapons” seem as nothing, but a little searching brings us to the assurance from God via this definition by Paul:
2Corinthians 10:3, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
To keep it simple, the weapons include, but not limited to, a salvation experience, a working knowledge of the scripture, fervent prayer, commitment to His purpose, and bringing the self under the control of the Holy Spirit, thus enabling a proper response to the painful things of life as did the early church. We are living in the greatest opportunity since biblical times! We must get with it!
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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