“Save the Earth!” When you hear those words what do you think of? Recycling? Pollution? Living green? “Morals” are probably not on that list, but if we really want to save the Earth, that is where we need to start.
I do my best to avoid keeping up with pop-culture. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around how fundamental Christian beliefs have been turned so far inside out that it has become evil to those surrounding us when we defend our faith.
There are times that I read my Bible and struggle with feeling like the authors would not be able to relate to the culture that we are steeped in today. Oh how far we have fallen! Then, there are moments like today. In reading Psalms 12 I came across a verse that reminded me that “nothing is new under the sun!”
“7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8 who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human race.”
We are not the first culture to face this. Sometimes I am amazed at how applicable the Bible’s words are today. Psalms is not the only place we are warned about those who call good, evil and evil, good. Isaiah chapter 5 addresses this as well.
20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
Truly, biblical authors can relate to what we are seeing today. And, yet, we prance around these ideas, afraid to step on toes. We hold back not wanting to offend those in our social circle. Why are we so worried about what others think?
I will be the first to say, it is not easy to stand for an unpopular Christian belief. I would love to let people live their lives in peace. It would be so much easier. But, if I am truly your friend, I am not loving you as Christ would by allowing you to continue to be ignorant of what the Bible preaches.
To me, the worst of it is when I am labeled judgmental. I am not judging anyone’s salvation. Literally, I thank God that that is not my job! There is one judge. My job is only to relay His teachings.
I think people view Christians as pious, that we do not reflect on our own sin. I openly admit that there are things that I struggle with. I am no different, and especially no better than anyone else. My struggles are simply of a different nature. Sins are not graded on size.
What can we do as Christians to relay the Word and have it be accepted? First, we need to be diligent in our studies. Understand a topic inside out. Satan will encourage critics to use multiple angles to dispute The Teachings.
Secondly, be humble in the examination of our own lives. Recognizing our own sin and taking responsibility for it is not always an easy task. But, in displaying an ability to transcend our own pride will help give credibility to our words.
Lastly, do all things out of the motivation of love. We have to show that we are addressing a topic because we are concerned about the salvation of an individual. We have to be very careful in how we present the subject. It is a fine line when we know that the Bible specifically states “X” and that if someone is living contradictory to “X” they will die apart from God. It can come across as we are personally condemning an act when in actuality we are only relaying that God, himself, condemns it.
Prior to having children, I struggled with what pop culture had to offer. Now I dread the world that our kids are inheriting. We have moved further and further from the truth. A part of me wants to seclude my children, protect them from the worldly influences, but I know my real job as a parent is to prepare them to function and face the society we live in.
I can only hope that more people will join with me in boldly, but lovingly explaining our faith. The more silent we remain, the harsher the world our children are inheriting. If we are really worried about what we are passing down to future generations, we need to start speaking out. That is the only way we will actually “Save the Earth!”