Like you, I’m saddened by the erosion of Bible-based morality in our communities that is even seeping into some congregations.
But I’m far from discouraged by it.
You see, this just serves as a reminder of the opportunities we Christians have to shine as lighthouses toward a darkened ocean.
Do I like that increasing numbers of people don’t care what scripture says about godly marriage and gender-appropriate conduct? Am I glad that so many have decided that congregational involvement is not needed in their lives?
But the clear and repeated story of the Bible is that society ebbs and flows in the spiritual realm.
Based on my reading of scripture, we’ve got quite a ways to go before the downward slope of our national relationship with God hits bottom.
We can pray that national revival occurs long before that.
And we can pray for wisdom to love and serve people in such a way that our faith will shine like a lighthouse to those who feel like ships tossed in a dark, storm sea.
As long as there is even one neighbor or co-worker or struggling relative to whom we can show the love of Christ, we should be encouraged.
The power of grace abides and as long as we have hope to share, it’s vital that we remain faithful to the end of our days.
Perhaps “the end of days” Jesus described in Matthew 24:12-13 will happen before the end of our days physically.
In any event, let’s both be vigilant in looking for ways to guide others into the safe harbor of God’s gracious love.
As always, I love you