This week has seen dramatic results from the Supreme Court in cases having to do with The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) and the legalization of same sex marriage in all 50 states. Both received the Courts endorsement and a claim that they were protected by the Constitution. This weeks outcome was predictable for many in light of past Supreme Court rulings that have virtually ignored the Founding Fathers’ clear meanings in favor of interpreting the original intent according to contemporary moral standards.
For those Christians who accept the Bible as God’s playbook for the human race, these rulings are a wake-up call to the prophetic timetable of the Scriptures. The fact that they are happening when so many other signs of the times can be seen taking place all around us raises the question: What does it mean to Christian believers and where do we go from here? There are those who will step back and say. God knows and He is in control, while others will direct their efforts to continuing the fight in the political arena and focus their prayers, resources and energies on trying to elect candidates who hold to the traditional interpretation of the Constitution and historically accepted moral values.
The problem is in many ways similar to the rift between Conservative and Liberal ideologies in the political arena. Those who hold liberal views appear to have no definable moral standards other than ‘ to each his or her own’ or those that that are adjustable to fit their argument; while those who hold to Conservative standards work from a clearly defined code of ethics and morality. How this affects the argument is clear: true liberals care only about winning while true conservatives want to win, but will not stoop to methods and actions that go against their code of moral ethics. Anyone who doubts this need only look at the current government scandals to see exactly what I am saying.
For the modern Christian, knowing just what to do about all this it is not as simple as it may seem. Many Evangelical (sic) Churches yielding to a liberal view of the Bible are crying out “Olly, Olly Oxen Free” to anyone who claims faith in Christ. This is certainly the case of the Emergent or Emerging churches and many of the traditional denominations as well. This could also be applied to many of the seeker friendly churches. With the acceptance of women bishops, homosexual clergy, universal salvation and the elimination of hell and judgment from their belief systems, Post Modernism is drawing a pink line in the sand and asking ‘If you cross it, what’s the big deal?’
At times like this, an Amish Church model seems absolutely reasonable and offers an approach to God that is essentially endorsed by the Scriptures. “Come out from among them and be ye separate’ certainly is a response that is reasonable in view of the current trends of moral relativism. From another point of view, I have many friends who are returning to the Roman Catholic Church because of the stability that it represents on issues like abortion, marriage and traditional family values. If only they could really predict where the new Pope is headed. His recent edict on the environment and climate change sounded so much like the liberal view it may leave some of them wondering if they made the right decision.
In the end I believe that God will truly sort it all out . . . but by His standards not ours. As I recently heard Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias say in response to a reporters question about homosexuality: “God gives you the most sacred gift of the perogative of choice, but God does not give you the privilege of determining a different outcome to what the choice will entail. The consequences are bound to the choice.”
From a prophetic position I believe everything must now be viewed through the lens filter of Israels re-establishment as a nation in 1948 and the 6 Day War of 1967 from which point Israel will no longer be trodden under the feet of the Gentiles. To me, those events fulfill the prophetic timeline that Scripture has given as the beginning of the end. Therefore things are racing toward God’s final conclusion and events will move at an astounding pace just as they are right now. Of course the question is then: How do we determine the time frame of a generation when we consider the passage from Matthew 24:30-42 ?
I will consider that more in Pt. 2 of this series in just a few days. In the meantime verse 42 gives us all some good advice to consider.