Finding Solid Ground Amid A Cultural Quagmire

In one of his inauguration speeches, Franklin Roosevelt said, “We don’t know where we are going, but we are on our way.”  This statement fits the current cultural landscape of America perfectly.  American culture and morality are changing rapidly, but in many ways, the changes are directionless and self-destructive.  For many, these drastic changes of morality and culture are brought through attention-grabbing headlines and tweets of 140 characters or less.  When God’s Word is abandoned, we are left with a quagmire of conflicting teachings and morals.  Sadly in America, homosexuality, gender changes and gender neutrality, and other distortions of God’s design are becoming prominent.  The death of a single lion garners more national attention and outrage than the human suffering in the country of the lion or the murder of millions of unborn babies in America.  In many ways, America’s priorities and morals are seriously skewed.  Many of these changes are coming rapidly and forcefully; society has changed radically in the last ten to fifteen years.  Since about 1998, thirty-one states adopted some sort of amendment in their state constitutions against homosexual marriage and similar practices.  There was talk and push for a national amendment against it.  Ten or fifteen years ago, that was the morality that was popular.  But we’ve seen a radical shift from then until today when many are opposing any restriction on homosexual marriage (and many other sexual activities which the Bible calls sinful) and strongly condemning any who disagree.  The culture has shifted, and it has shifted at an astonishing pace.

But where can we stand firm amid the constantly shifting ground of society and popular morality?  The one place where we can stand firm is on God’s unchanging Word.  1 Peter 1:24-25 says, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”  The life of a human is relatively brief; lives come and go, and so do humanistic morals.  But God’s Word endures forever, and God’s Word has been given to us to guide our faith and lifestyle.  We believe what we do because God has said it.  Why do we as individual Christians and Grace Baptist Church believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman?  Along these lines, why do we believe that homosexuality and other relationships contrary to traditional marriage are sinful?  We believe because God said it in His unchanging Word (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:3-6; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  Ten to fifteen years ago, we didn’t believe these things because society accepted them; we believed them because God’s Word said them.  So today, when society as a whole is shifting, we can still stand firm on God’s Word.  Why do we believe that every life, even unborn life, has value?  We believe because God said it in His unchanging Word (Genesis 9:5-6; Psalm 139:13-16).  Why do we believe that some things are right and some things are sinful?  Why do we believe that God alone provides eternal salvation for sin?  We believe because God said it in His unchanging Word (John 3:16; Romans 3:20-28; Ephesians 2:8-9).  Why do we believe that God fully forgives all who repent of sin?  Why do we deny that there is any sort of sexual sin that God cannot forgive?  We believe because God said it in His unchanging Word (Mark 1:14-15; Luke 15:8-10; Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9-13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 John 1:9).  Society changes rapidly, and what is culturally acceptable today may very well be considered immoral and wrong in fifty years.  Amid this cultural quagmire, the one place we can stand firm is on God’s unchanging Word.  That is where we as Grace Baptist Church continue to stand.

–Pastor Tim

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