Lately, it seems that the world around us has gone completely mad. People in and out of the “church” seem to be confused about some of God’s basic instructions for living a decent and good… or should I say moral, life. Over the last few days, we have seen news that seems to be backwards from what is expected. In Kenya, Africa, Muslim terrorists target and murder around 150 students… most of them professing Christians. Yet, our national media seems hesitant to mention that Muslim extremists are killing Christians around the world. No, they would rather focus on preserving the homosexual agenda and condemn anyone who would verbalize an opinion that is contrary to their views. I suppose if you are a true Bible believing Christian and agree with God’s opinion on the subject, you are wrong and a hatemonger (according to them).
Yes, the times are backwards it seems, and we really shouldn’t be that surprised. A very small minority in our nation has successfully swayed public opinion in many ways. Even “church people” seem to waver on this issue. It is a shame. Scripture is very clear about homosexuality. Verses in the old and new testaments condemn this sexual lifestyle choice… Leviticus 18:22, Judges 19:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, or 1 Timothy 1:9-10… to point out some direct verses. Other verses affirm the natural way, as God intended… one man and one woman. If you disagree with me, this would be a good spot to point out a truth that many media outlets usually leave out. Christian people who oppose homosexuality, for the most part, do not hate the homosexual. We are bound to love mankind, even when we disagree with the actions of some of them. Now, I am talking about a love that is Godly, not physical. John 3:16 declares that God loved the world so much that He allowed His only son to die for all of us… including the homosexual. We agree with God in that we do not hate the person… we disapprove of the behavior, which, by the way, He called an abomination. That is a strong word, but don’t get mad at me. God said it.
Alright, let me get back on track. What does my title mean… “Push Back Against the Darkness?” Well, what I hope to make clear is the fact that we are certainly in the last days of man. According to scripture, the horrible things we see going on in the world are symptoms of (or signs of) the second coming of the Lord Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 likens it to the pains that accompany childbirth. So, when we read these untimely and unbelievable news headlines about our own country’s moral decay, arrogant politicians, racial tension, the slaughter of innocent unborn children, and the advances of the homosexual lobby… well, these are signs of the end. With this knowledge, we should push back harder… with more dedication… understanding that the days are numbered. Our lost (unbelieving) friends, neighbors, and family members are that much closer to death and the final judgement. In fact, Hebrews 10:23-25 tells us that we should encourage one another and be more faithful to each other and the church as we see the Day approaching. We know that “Day” is a reference to the second coming of the Lord Jesus.
So, my brother… my sister… push back against the darkness of evil and sin in the world. Take a deep breath and get off the bench. Be bold and be brave for the sake of the Gospel and the lost souls around you. You are not alone! Amen.