Guest Author - Dountonia S. Slack
Eugenics, homosexuality as a civil rights issue, cross-dressing, same-sex marriage, human cloning, human and animal genomes mixed, pharm animals, sibling saviors, therapeutic cloning, abortion, human trafficking, homeschooling as child abuse, domestic violence, and the list goes on and on. As citizens who want to shape our culture for God, we need to be aware of the issues especially in these times where to disagree equals hate in this country. According to Dr. A. Charles Ware, President of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana, “If the [United States of America] continues down the path we are going, Christians will end up in jail for the stance we take.” In other words, are we going to have the tenacity to stand for the Bible when it counts?
Unfortunately, Christians can no longer hide within the security of the church walls remaining silent at work/the polls/school/with friends in the name of peacekeeping or tolerance. Denying the righteousness issues is dishonoring to God. Not to mention, we cannot avoid politics because morality has become political (or have politics become moral?). How are we going to help government leaders address the hot issues? The laws in this land guide many people. However, laws in America can be changed. We have a responsibility to speak out against the immorality that is so commonplace nowadays. More Christians with a Biblical worldview need to be more audible in the public square.
A Biblical worldview means that we sift the world through the Bible. Everything we say, do, think, vote for or against, purchase, watch, listen to, or join is tested by the standard of the Word of God not our experiences, feelings, or fear of offending a person/group/default consensus. If the activity is contrary to the Holy standard, then that is an activity we do not engage. God has commanded us to give up/withdraw from those things that are contrary to His Word. As a result, living out our faith Biblically, will impact the culture not just the church.
“There is a great need for more Christian thinkers in contemporary society, who will throw themselves into the public debate, and for more Christian activists who will organize pressure groups to promote the work of persuasion. Their motivation will be thoroughly Christian – a vision of the God who cares about justice, compassion, honesty, and freedom in society, and a vision of man, made in God's image though fallen, moral, responsible, with a conscience to be respected. It will be out of zeal for God and love for man that they will seek the renewal of society” (John R. W. Stott, “Involvement: Being a Responsible Christian in a Non-Christian Society”).
We must inform others, know what the Word teaches and what it does not teach, and live the life authentically. Remember, just because something is legal does not make it right. “Christianity is the solution to the social ills of America” (Michael Emerson and Christian Smith, “Divided by Faith – Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race”) and we must show the compassion of Christ with compassion to people without compromise to the Truth of Christ that may cause us to suffer.
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight” (Romans 1:16-17 NLT). Won’t you stand for Christ in every deed, thought, and action no matter what?