I heard someone say recently that America has been in moral decline since the end of WWII. I have heard similar statements many times from preachers who probably mean well, but they just do not realize what they are saying by making such comments. First of all there was state sponsored racism in the 1950’s and 1960’s and for the most part we have made dramatic progress since the end of the second world war in eliminating such evil practices. To claim that there has been a great moral decline since those days is to claim that it would be better for us to recreate those days. I’m sure the black community would strongly disagree with that notion. The point I’m making is that the good old days never really existed and America, nor any other nation for that mater, has a time in history when there was a “moral” society. Sure things are different now than then, and it may very well be worse today, but if we are being honest we have just rotated the sin of the day. We have traded racism for sexual promiscuity. Churches must be very careful in pointing to a time in history that we are to mimic.
THE MORAL MAJORITY
The whole idea of a moral majority is a myth. There was not a day and probably will not be a day when we live in a moral society. We should not even expect such things, the Bible is quite clear that the world is stained with sin and in need of a savior. Their savior is not a more moral America, but a moral God. Think about the words of John in 1 John 4:5-6, “They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” To John there is a clear distinction that needs to be made between those of the world and those of God. I just cannot understand why we freak out every time the wold acts like the world.
Just recently there has been outrage at the release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie from Disney. The Christian community is outraged because they heard there was a scene that depicted homosexual affection. I saw the movie, and as always, my beloved brothers and sisters over-exagrated the issue. Why should we expect Disney to do anything other than promote the sin of the day? That’s a better question. It is time for Christians to stop expecting the wold to act like the Church. If we would just devote half of the energy to evangelism that we have given to making America moral again we might actually make a difference in this country.
THE EVANGELISTIC MINORITY
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13, “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” Corinth had major moral troubles both inside and outside of the church, but Paul sees the bigger problem as internal not external. We are not the judge of those outside the church but rather those who are inside. You often hear people says, “Who am I to judge that person’s salvation, only God can know.” That is simply not a Biblical principle in the slightest. The entire book of 1 John is about testing those inside to see if they are genuine because there is assurance for those who are in Christ. It is most certainly our job to judge those inside. We must worry much more about the moral standing of those inside our churches than those outside.
I am calling this the evangelistic minority. There must be a change of direction for the church in America. Rather than calling out Disney for sins, and threading boycott. On a side note, this is not the first time baptists have boycotted Disney, and we saw how well that worked out last time. Our efforts need to be readdressed, we should not remove ourselves from Disney but rather we should “remove the person from among us.” Our efforts of preserve a moral society should be inward, and at the same time our outward efforts should be evangelistic and just as strong as our inward efforts.
When the apostles reputation was going around as men who “turned the world upside down,” they did not receive that reputation by political efforts. All they did was faithfully proclaim the Gospel. Imagine that, they did exactly what Jesus told them to do and it worked. We need to learn this lesson and stoping trowing the name of God into our political arguments for our personal gain. The church needs to be the church.