Monday, January 22, 2018
Psalms 135:13 Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, through all generations.
We are in deep trouble. If the only perspective we had was the condition of the world around us, we would be very close to losing all hope of recovery. Godlessness has exploded all over the world. Even America, the world-renowned Titanic of the Christian faith, has hit the iceberg of humanism and is quickly sinking into the sea of secularism. Mankind appears to be succeeding at eliminating the One True God from any rational world view.
In 2008, Focus on the Family published an article with some startling statistics about evangelical Christianity in the United States. Since 1927, the percentage of people who are true evangelical Christians has diminished by an average of 50% from one generation to the next. The Builders – those born between 1927 and 1945 – were 65% evangelical Christians. Of all the Boomers living today – those born between 1946 and 1964 – only 35% are Christians. Then comes Generation X – those born between 1965 and 1976 – and only 16% claim faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. From 1977 to 1994 the Bridgers were born, and only 4% of them are living for Jesus Christ. My guess is that it is even less today.
Del Tackett from Focus on the Family writes this – Perhaps you’ve seen the survey conducted by the Barna Research Groups, which determined that only four percent of Americans have a biblical worldview. Even more alarming, only nine percent of born-again believers in America have a Christian worldview. Probably you’ve see the devastating results of a secular worldview: broken families, wasted lives and ineffective Christians. George Barna himself adds, “Although most people own a Bible and know some of its content, our research found that most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunities of life.”
If all we could see and know was what is happening in our culture, then we would be people of despair and hopelessness. But with eyes that have been opened for a clear view of eternity by our faith in Jesus Christ, we can see beyond the natural world and trust in the promise of God.
Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, through all generations.
Man’s best efforts to eliminate God from society will fail. The name and renown of Jesus Christ will continue through all generations.
But it doesn’t just happen. God has chosen to fulfill His promise through the communication of truth by His people. From the Psalms to the teaching of Jesus, God has declared that it is our privilege and responsibility to declare the Lord to every generation.
I will sing of the LORD’S great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. (Psalm 89:1-2)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18-20)
It is not true that people are less hungry for spiritual things today than they were a generation ago. What is true is that the influence of a sinful society has been thrust upon people at a much earlier age than ever before. We must expend the energy and resources necessary to reach children with the Gospel and train them to serve Him before the world reaches them with its deadly and destructive influence of sin.
It is also true that the same influence of sinful society has infected the church of Jesus Christ. It is hard for me to admit, but the majority of people in our churches today come and participate in worship on Sunday but refuse to worship God with their lifestyles Monday through Saturday. We are conforming God to our choices, when the Scriptures clearly say to stop conforming and be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:1-2)
We are in need of a revival. We need a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit to invigorate our understanding of and appreciation for God’s amazing grace. When that happens, the Holy Spirit will empower us to be witnesses.
The Holy Spirit is still preparing soil to receive the seed of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit is still watering those seeds. People are still ready to be saved. But how can they be saved if they do not hear, and how can they hear if no one will speak? Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. We are God’s messengers. Speak up! Let His name be renowned in every generation.