We live in an increasingly postmodern pluralistic society which continues to reject traditional ‘norms’ and seeks to define what the new ‘norms’ are. In this society seemingly everything is accepted and inclusivity is the Emperor’s New Clothes but traditional values, ethics and morality are increasingly marginalised. Those that do have the courage to make a stand against this tide of liberal political correctness are shouted down at best or persecuted at worst.
Many Western Governments who are eager to retain their voting popularity now not only actively encourage such social changes but many are enshrining onto the statues books laws which prevent people from voicing those traditional values and prosecuting those who do not conform to their thinking.
In many parts of the Western world the Church is also conforming to “the pattern of this world” in order to not offend or upset and to stay “culturally relevant” but has found that in fact they have become irrelevant as they act the harlot with the World.
Scripture is clear that the Body of Christ is to be set apart from the World, to be culturally different, to love and accept everyone radically but not to compromise on the truth of the Word.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13
The Church is called to be ‘salt’ that preserves the world from the evil that it so likes to pursue and add flavour, or enhance, the life in this world for good. The warning in this verse is that if the Church chooses to compromise on pleasing the World rather than Father God, then it will be figuratively ‘thrown out’ because it has lost its purpose.
This what Jesus said would happen in the last days before His return,
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16
There is nothing worse than being rejected from God because of sin in our hearts and God has to reject us if we repeatedly and defiantly live against His Word. God is Holy and desires that we should also be Holy,
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”” 1 Peter 1:15-16
Holiness is what defines God and separates Him from humanity and we can only be Holy through His Son Christ Jesus. Jesus said,
“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15
The commands of Jesus are written throughout the Gospels but in essence they are,
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
And in doing these commands we will naturally reject those behaviours that run contrary to God’s Word and therefore be pleasing in His sight and not culturally conform to this World.
One of the biggest issues that the Church is compromising on in these last days is the issue of marriage. Discerning Christians warned years ago that if the definition of marriage was changed from the union of one man and one woman then society would claim that every other kind of union would also be valid. As soon as the Church starts disputing the inerrant Word of God then every area of the Bible can also be disputed.
The point is, once the Church conforms to the prevailing cultural normality it loses its distinctiveness and is therefore only worthy “to be thrown out and trampled underfoot”.
Let us not conform to this World but “be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2. This can only be done through the daily reading of the Word, allowing the Holy Spirit to help us do what the Word says (James 1:22) and a devoted prayerful attitude.
Then we will be the salt and light that the World so desperately needs right now.