2 Timothy 3:1-9 and Proverbs 1:1-7.
It occurred to me that life can pass us by, and we don’t even realize it. We are definitely losing some things in Christianity in this new century:
The Loss of Bible Acceptance and Its Continued Decline.
The Bible used to be the centerpiece of almost every family. Families used to believe “the family that prays together, stays together.” In fact, families usually stayed within a radius of 25 miles. We used to learn from father and mother and aunt and uncle. Our children used to have grandmas and grandpas to love them and help to teach them, train them and care for them. It used to be the norm to obey parents. Now it is almost the other way around. For years, the Bible was the best seller, and as far as I know even today, it is number one, but let’s face it, it is mainly because Christians are buying them and giving them to others.
Here is what happened. American culture went from agricultural-industrial to a high-tech computer age, and some would add that now we are in a distribution age, not to mention climate control age, change of gender age, etc.
Some Christians, and Christian thought, are still back in the agricultural age. Most young people know nothing of our Christian Bible culture. In fact, do you understand Proverbs 1:1-7? Christian thought and principles do not dominate the average Christian’s life. Too often, it is money, television, success, social programs, etc. Most other countries have kept their culture. Until WW II, a politician was expected to be connected to some form of religious worship and associated himself publicly with the local pastor.
Who remembers that stores used to be closed on Sunday? Now, Christians go to the mall on Sunday afternoons. Please don’t misunderstand me; I think there ought to be a balance. We should not go back to the horse and buggy days, but certainly, all would agree we ought to go back to right and wrong, obedience to the law, etc. When we used to disagree, whatever the Bible said was the final authority. It was absolute.
Here’s the slide: from slavery to freedom, to prosperity, to privilege, to permissiveness, to over-indulgence, and back to slavery. Why?
- Because of the loss of Bible salvation – 2 Timothy 3:5.
- Because of the loss of Bible separation – 2 Timothy 3:2,4
- Because of the loss of Bible solutions – 2 Timothy 3:7.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!