Published 4/28/2009

Paul's Epistle...
"In Times Like These"

I stand amazed at the precipitous and ever-accelerating decline of society, especially with regards to traditional Judeo-Christian values.

Never in my lifetime have I seen such a great decline in so short a time. I'm sure you see it, too. The media is full of it. Pew Research's National Cultural Values Survey concluded, "If the media continue to ‘singularly promote' secular values while undermining orthodox faith and values, it will be very difficult to reverse America's moral decline."

Speaking of the media, here are a few headlines from just the past week or so — headlines that just might be enough to make your stomach churn:

Folks, do you ever feel like our society has been entered in a demolition derby?

After extensive research, pollster George Barna concluded, "It is clear to me that the demise of the U. S. in its core institutions – such as families, schools, media, churches and government – is related to the collapse of our values and morals – i.e., our character." The world says values and morals, such as they are, are all relative and not absolute. And far too many so-called Christians are acquiescing, either afraid to say otherwise – or just not caring.

The Lord called Christians the "salt of the earth." We're here under orders to make a positive difference in this world for the cause of Christ. But we're seeing less and less and less of that. "But if the salt loses its saltiness...it is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men" (Matt 5:13). There's certainly a whole lot of trampling going on.

Reading the headlines, I just might become extremely distressed – if I didn't know Who is in complete control. God promises "great blessings for those who trust and reverence" Him. (Psalm 31:19.) Let's resolve never to abandon Him — because He will never abandon us. He promised, in fact, to be with us always, "even to the end of the world" (Matt. 28:20).

Don't you think we should stand up for Him? And don't you think we should point out to others who the real Messiah is?

I love the old hymn (by Ruth Caye Jones) that says it so succinctly:

In times like these you need a Savior.
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the One;
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

- Paul