We’re (and by we I mean everyone in the west, especially America) living in a spiritually blinded culture. And I didn’t say blind – I said blinded.
Now, when I say “blinded” I’m talking about a condition that leads to a rejection of one thing on the basis of it being too restrictive, and this rejection becomes detrimental to the extent that something else is accepted in its place despite the fact that the “something else” is far more (whatever the “more” may be) than what the original thing actual was.
The above is why I say that America is in a spiritual stupor that has been increasingly worsened by “liberal-minded” agendas which tout that the ways of Christianity are oppressive to women, that Christianity is too narrow in scope of spiritual freedom, that Christianity should not be promoted in any way within any levels of the public education system, and that Christianity is a scourge to any culture that seeks to broaden its “enlightened” ways of life.
To all of that I would say two things, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…and it’s on its way out” and “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.
True righteousness has been rejected throughout all levels of American government for a plurality of immoral reasons. But, regardless of the reason, when a nation, any nation, has seen the light of God’s righteousness but, in spite or in apathy, still decides to determine what their own standard of righteousness will be, then blindness to God’s true light follows. No exceptions! For there truly is a difference in being blind and being blinded (John 9:40-41, 12:37-41).
For an example (one amongst the many that purvey the headlines every day) of the totality of what I’m saying here, all you have to do is look at what recently happened at Continue reading
Supporting the call of the gospel of Jesus the Christ upon a college campus? That’s not right says many in the world of academia and liberal-minded politics. If Federal dollars are involved in any way then such support would indicate a union between church and state. This has been repeated so much over the last couple of decades that the speakers of the mantra are bluer in the face than the field of ole’ glory.
Supporting the call to Muslim Friday prayers upon a college campus? That’s perfectly fine according to some in the world academia and liberal-minded politics. Federal dollars are involved but such a public announcement concerning matters of religion is fine; since there is no church involved it can’t be a union of “church” and state, right? Now those who have been on the receiving end of the “church and state” mantra have been left seeing stars after having smacked ourselves on the forehead for not understanding that the deluded aren’t interested in reality.
“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
Generally speaking, I am not impressed with the work of Katy Perry. Much of her music puts sin on a pedestal like lots of other popular music. “I Kissed a Girl” promotes the homosexual/bisexual agenda; “Teenage Dream” encourages premarital sex and promiscuity in general. Those two may be the worst of her music that has been released for radio airplay. I can’t say much about the other music on her albums because I haven’t heard much of it. However, there’s an old saying: “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” Consider the following lyrics from Katy Perry’s recent hit “Unconditionally.”
I will love you unconditionally / There is no fear now / Let go and just be free / I will love you unconditionally / Come just as you are to me / Don’t need apologies / Know that you are unworthy / I’ll take your bad days with your good / Walk through this storm I would / I’d do it all because I love you
The song, of course, speaks of love between a man and a woman, but it is hauntingly reflective of the love of God toward us–a love that knew no bounds, that did not stop because of any man’s sinful, pathetic behavior; a love that caused Jesus to submit to the mob, to keep silence before His accusers, to endure the whip, to ignore the blood and saliva streaming down His face, to stay on the cross despite the insults being hurled at Him, to reject the mocking invitations to save Himself, to take on the weight of the combined sin of billions of people, to willingly yield up His sinless spirit to God above.
The world is searching for meaning. It is all over the music of our culture, even in some of the most crass songs you hear. It knows what real love looks like, and this Katy Perry song is an unwitting compliment to the God who is the personification of unconditional, agape love. People all over the world are listening to that song and being inspired to exhibit unconditional love in their own relationships. If we could only make them see where that love came from in the first place, and then convince them to obey the gospel!
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)