I have have been thinking about today's changing world
and our responses as Christians.
Today's culture and media keep nudging people to get
other people to do things that the Bible says is wrong. (For example,
killing unborn babies, when the Bible says "Thou shalt not kill.") They push
a new set of values, and they can't stand to have anybody question their
opinions or say that it is wrong.
They remind me of an alcoholic man who lived across
the street from my family. He was always trying to get my parents to drink
with him. When they politely declined, he would get angry at them. It's like
he had to see them drink so that he wouldn't feel bad about doing it.
One time I had a conversation with a coworker about
abortion. She had been raised in a Christian home, but been indoctrinated by
the world. Nothing I said seemed to make any impact. She kept repeating
politically correct statements. Then there was a silence. And she said
quietly (as if to herself), "I wonder if God can forgive it." So in spite of
all her politically correct talking, deep down inside she knew that it was
Another time I was at an office party, and a coworker
started telling me about a TV show she had seen about Europe's nude beaches.
She said that Americans are so prudish, and we should have nude beaches
here. I gave some reasons for thinking that would not be a good thing. But
no matter what I said, nothing made a dent. She kept enthusiastically
spouting what the people on TV had told her. Then I said, "OK. So we've got
a beach full of naked men. Now, when you go to the beach, do you want to
look at all that?" And she was quiet for a while. Then she hung her head and
quietly said, "No."
Somehow it had never connected before. No matter what
I had said, she just couldn't see what a nude beach would really mean in
real life. Once she did see it, then no -- she definitely did not want it.
But up to that point, she had been promoting it. It's as if what she saw and
heard on TV went in her eyes and ears and came out her mouth without ever
being processed by her brain.
Perhaps this helps explain why so many liberals like
communism. What it really is just hasn't connected. They can't see it. They
are full of slogans, and abstract ideals, and other people's enthusiasm. And
their brain hasn't processed the reality of what communism really is.
We need to be careful not to judge people like that.
If it wasn't for the grace of God, we would be blind, too. "There, but for
the grace of God, go I."
When people are blind, making the lights brighter
doesn't help them see any better. The facts just don't fit their worldview.
So the best thing we can do is to ask God to open their eyes.
I know a woman whose eyes were opened in a dramatic way. She used to be a
strip tease dancer in a bar, yet God sent her a faithful,
loving husband. After that, her behavior was much better, but her underlying
values hadn't changed. Then God opened her eyes to His truth. It happened over a period of
God brought things to her remembrance. For example,
she would hear a secular
song, but one line in it was Biblical. And that one line would come back to her
and keep playing in her mind. There would be a movie she saw long ago, and one
fleeting scene had something Biblical in it, and that one scene would come back
to mind. And she would remember one phrase out of a poem. It's like there was
truth buried in a heap of garbage, and God lifted that one true thing out of the
garbage and showed it to her. She didn't notice the garbage -- just the
one true thing that was mixed in with it.
Then she had dreams about things that reminded her of the Bible. So she got a
Bible and started reading it. The more she read the Bible, the more hungry
she became for it.
She had been heavily indoctrinated in evolution, but when she read Genesis,
her eyes were opened and she believed it. Her evolutionary beliefs just
disappeared, like mist when the sun rises. She read the entire Bible and
accepted it as God's true Word.
Then she decided to try going to church. And God was
church she tried taught the truth.
She is now a solid Christian who faithfully prays for the salvation of her husband
and her children. Her husband isn't a Christian yet, but he wants her to go to church and bring their children. He
supports her efforts to home school their children using a Christian curriculum.
After she became a Christian, she continued to condone
abortion. But one day, God enabled her to see such destruction of life from
His perspective. It was as
if a veil had suddenly been removed from her eyes.
People who have had cataract surgery would understand.
Everything looked cloudy and obscure before the surgery. They just couldn't see
clearly through the old lens. Then the surgeon removed the cataract and
put in a good lens. Now, all of a sudden, they see
We all know people who are deceived. Let's ask God to open their eyes
to see His Truth. What
He did for my friend, He can do for them.