In the current culture, we find that every aspect of traditional life is being jettisoned and being replaced by ideologies and practices that have never been even considered by thoughtful, rational individuals. Hollywood actors who claim to believe in God attempt to force a governor in a state where they neither reside nor pay taxes to change an anti abortion law with one breath, while they demand penalties for animal abuse in the next. State governments that vote for infanticide even after live birth, while raising the age to purchase tobacco products so that teenagers cannot make a purchase demonstrate the disconnect between protecting innocent life and use of legislation to delay the process of a young adult from polluting their lungs with smoke. Churches rush to meet the demands of potential parishioners by lowering the standard of righteousness and providing duplicates for everything already provided in the secular society in which they find themselves.
Truth is exchanged for lies. Common sense is relegated to the back of the line while feelings and emotions reign supreme. Traditional thoughts and practices are trashed so that untested theory and ideologies that have proven to bring harm are exalted and placed above reproach. Clergy fear speaking the clear, holy, truth of the Gospel, while preaching a watered down, socially palatable substitute that neither changes eternal trajectory nor brings righteousness.
We should not be surprised. Although Paul originally wrote to his disciple Timothy about future false teaching within the confines of the church, those same principles can be applied to the masses who are listening to modern politicians and pundents of socialism.
1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! 6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
This current culture, including the modern church, is full of people who love only themselves and their money. Everywhere we look we find boastful, proud, ungrateful people who consider nothing sacred. Because there is no self-control, all want what they desire with no regard to how others might be affected or whether it meets God’s smell test. People claim to love you until you disagree with them and are branded a hater. Betrayal, pride,self-righteousness, and manipulation are as busy in the church as in the godless culture into which the church has been immersed.
Those who live like God does not exist are fools. Those who play around without regard for the truth of God’s word are fools. Those who allow themselves to follow false religious leaders and unscrupulous politicians are fools. When this cycle resets and starts over the result is always the same, “The fool fools the fools.”
It is time to wake up and be redeemed by the God who is truth, and who is righteous and holy. No person who kills babies, promotes or participates in sexual immorality, or who lives a life of constant habitual sin can expect that God will approve of their choices. . Don’t live like a fool or keep company with fools. Cling to the cross and be counted as wise and righteous. Repentance and reliance upon God’s word are the only helps in this unrighteousness in which we find ourselves.