I published this to my blog in July 2009. Nearly five years ago. Five years. Nothing has changed. Well, that is not true. Things have changed. Some would say for the worse. I will invite you to also read the comments that were made to this essay when it was first posted, for they add substance to my original post.
When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked
man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his
way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require
from your hand. But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way
and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have
delivered your life. (Ezekiel 33:8-9)
Many years ago, St. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, "For when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).
In discussing politically sensitive subjects like abortion and same-sex marriage, I hear Christians appeal less and less to eternal standards -- like, God says it is Wrong (the "G" and "W" words), and instead they appeal to more nebulous "touchy-feely" arguments like, it's not good for the family, or, it's not good for the children, or, it's not good for society, or it's not good for (fill in the blank).
St. Paul told young Timothy to preach Christ. (2 Timothy 4:1-4)
Why? Because the time would come when people would willfully turn their ears away from truth and seek people to tell them what they want to hear. (see 2 Timothy 4)
If there ever was such a time, it is 2009.
Lord Jesus help us! When will we recognize we need to leave off the arguments from sociology, philosophy and post-modern theology and stick to eternal truth? The current culture will scoff at the idea of eternal truth, but in proclaiming it, Christians will have done what the eternal God has called us to do.