Do social trends leave you astounded? How is it possible that this country that we love seems so divided and lost, without hope? And how should we live in the midst of this cultural chaos?
Hi, I’m Rex Rogers and this is episode #47 of Discerning What Is Best, a podcast applying unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world, and a Christian worldview to current issues and everyday life.
Recently on the television program, “The View,” Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said, abortion is "a decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor, that viability is the metric, and that if a woman’s health or life is in danger, then viability extends until the time of birth,” and again, "there should not be a limit," because "the limit should not be made by politicians who don’t understand basic biology or, apparently, basic morality."
Later, in another assault on reality, Abrams said, “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at 6 weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body away from her.”
Abrams comments deny science and morality, yet she is touted as an important political leader worth hearing. She illustrates the voyage into irrationality that is now standard operating procedure for the secular progressive left, which is not simply a political ideology but a pseudo religion.
Abrams also illustrates what I have said in earlier podcasts, that what we are up against today in American culture is not simply partisan or even political battles per se but a spiritual worldview civil war. The egregious values the secular progressive left supports do not suggest threats to the American culture that might happen, or are going to happen, but that are already happening.
Public education at every level, major corporations, politics, criminal justice, medicine, and now even the military are actively embracing values fundamentally at odds with the Judeo-Christian consensus upon which this country was founded and has flourished for over two hundred years.
Our “society’s descent into madness” is evident every day. “A society that doesn’t value life—whether through coddling rampaging criminal thugs or by pretending that murdering unborn babies is simply “a choice”—cannot stand. We are on the brink.”
Gov. Gavin Newson, California, is promoting his state as an “abortion sanctuary state” and buying billboards in so-called red states to get out his evil message: “Texas doesn't own your body. You do. Visit abortion. CA.gov to learn more.” Apparently, in his view, any state that signals a prolife position is an “anti-freedom” state.
What’s worse perhaps, is that Gov. Newsome’s latest pro-abortion billboards cite a Bible verse in an apparent attempt to suggest God’s Word endorses the prochoice view. The billboard partially quotes Mark 12:31, "Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these." So, Gov. Newsom not only attacks those who disagree with his abortion views, he seeks to pit one state against another and misuses Scripture to do so.
“Gaslighting”—Have you heard that term? Gaslighting is insisting something provably false is actually true. It has become a central feature of American political discourse, especially on the left…That should come as no surprise. Leftist’s policies are so bad, their worldview so detached from reality, their only play is to constantly manipulate the truth in the hope that enough people either come to believe them or at least get tired of arguing.” Would-be Gov Stacey Abrams and Gov Gavin Newsome are gaslighting.
This is the culture we now live in. Gaslighting is a way of life. Yet Christians must stand for truth, or we stand for nothing.
Since my first podcast, I have signed off with a quote from Gal. 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm.” The rest of this verse says, “then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
We are to recognize that we are blessed with freedom in Christ and then stand firm, not slip back into slavery to sin. In a culture that is now celebrating all manner of sin, like the Days of Noah, our challenge becomes more difficult.
Scripture is replete with admonishments to “Stand firm,” but what does this mean and how do we do it? First, a few verses:
“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all,’” Is 7:9b.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong,” 1 Cor 16:13.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel,” Phil 1:27.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen,” 1 Peter 5:6-11.
The Greek word for stand firm in 1 Cor 16:13 is stékó, which means to persist, persevere, and stand fast. The Greek word for faith is pistis, which means belief, trust, and confidence. As believers in Christ, we are to stand firm in our belief, trust, and confidence in Christ and in the Word of God.
In life, there will be trials, disappointments, persecution, temptations, crises, and maybe cultural chaos, but through all this we must stand firm in Christ. Not only must we stand firm in the face of these things, but we must stand firm on and by biblical truths. We must fix our eyes not on the chaos but on Jesus (Heb. 12:2).
So, no matter what we come to experience in “our day,” the issue is not the issue, it’s our faith in the bedrock solid promises of the Word, the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our faith in the sovereignty of God. We stand firm not in our own strength but in the Lord’s.
We acknowledge with the Psalmist David that “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:26).
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And remember, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm.
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