Twenty years ago, adult, controversial and risque commercials appeared after dark, when most children were asleep. The culture was much more conservative, careful not to corrupt the innocence of youth. Unless you are living in denial, today everything is fair game, waking up to a whole new world.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8.
Social media is setting the pace daily, led by what’s trending on Twitter, followed by the latest eye catching video on Youtube. Subsequently, a new generation lives by an entirely new set of standards, distant from the ethics of the Bible. What once was wrong has become mainstream, normal to an accepting society, open to news ways of thinking.
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them, James 4:17.
Caught in the middle, the church is forced to balance grace with truth. Although kinder and gentler, its difficult for those raised in the Fire and Brimstone Era to get past obvious sins. Thus, when a microphone is put in front of a pastor’s face or as the camera rolls, its hard not to portray these individuals as judgmental, void of the love of Christ. Despite what Christians believe about abortion, homosexuality and divorce, its better to demonstrate faith rather than shoving your beliefs in someone’s face. Waking up to a whole new world will require an emphasis on living examples of Jesus to reverse these trends and possibly inspire a revival throughout the land.
by Jay Mankus