This week the Immanuel pastors have been in Louisville at T4G, Together for the Gospel Conference. One of the speakers, John MacArthur, has talked about the moral slide that our country is on. “In less than fifty years’ time, our nation’s political leaders, legislative bodies, and courts have adopted a distinctly anti-Christian attitude and agenda. The country has swept away the Christian worldview and its principles in the name of equal rights, political correctness, tolerance, and strict separation of church and state. Gross immorality–including homosexuality, abortion, pornography, and other evils–has been sanctioned not only by society in general but in effect by the government as well.”
Someone once said that when we point a finger at someone else, three of our fingers are pointing back at us. Certainly, during these 50 years, Christendom has not been on the sidelines, out of the game nor innocent. For each individual who claims to be a Christian, our faith in Christ should permeate every aspect of our lives. It should affect the way we relate to God, others and the world around us. The Apostle Paul put it this way, “To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph. 4:22-24) We have to put off the old and put on the new.
So what is our responsibility as a church as we look around and see our world disintegrating? In last week’s Mission RVA, we talked about some tangible ideas about ways our church can be about redemptive ministries that are bridges for the gospel. Let’s take advantage of this momentum and look for opportunities to let the church be the church. America’s moral decline is a spiritual problem and we need to apply the gospel as the solution. The church is Christ’s bride, the tangible body of followers of Christ on this side of eternity. We were put here for a purpose – to rescue the perishing. Christ is the answer.