Today’s society is facing a lot of moral dilemmas. Issues are coming up daily and we have to decide if we are going to speak to them, or if we are going to be quiet. The phrase I hear most often is “well that’s not my problem” or “that is their decision, it has nothing to do with me.” The truth is other people’s choices DO have something to do with you, your kids and your grandchildren. Decisions today are impacting our society tomorrow.
A while ago our senior pastor spoke about his sorrow regarding some of the moral issues that have come up in our world during his time as a pastor, and his lack of response to them for many years. He used the example of abortion, and how he wasn’t informed and wasn’t actively fighting against it. He said he failed because during his watch, our nation was crumbling.
The Lord says these sobering words in Ezekiel 33:6;
But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.
I commend our pastors bravery for admitting that, but it stirs in my soul a question as to what is slipping under the radar during my watch? As I move to a level of influence as a parent, what am I adding my voice to?
Is it our place to speak to a couple that is planning on getting married and you know that there are some big issues in their relationship that is going to be detrimental down the road? Saying “it’s none of my business” is the fear-based decision to make. The truth is, if they get married, and eventually have children, they will be your kids friends, classmates and peers. The pain that comes from divorce and the negative impact that it has on kids, doesn’t just affect the child of the divorcing couple. As your child becomes the peer support, they will have to navigate through tough waters, and handle the fear and doubt that comes their way regarding their own parents marriage. Not to mention that statistics point to bad behaviour arising from unstable homes, that subsequently will be influencing your kids as well.
No one is an island unto themselves. Every decision we make affects someone else.
The time will come when you need to speak to something and there might be very few people on your side. Do you know ahead of time what your stance is going to be? Have you predetermined in your heart that you are an ambassador for the Lord’s truth before trying to maintain friendships?
I was afraid the other night as I posted a video link to my personal Facebook page talking about why Christian women shouldn’t feel ok wearing a bikini in public. I had a knot in my stomach, but I know the Lord has asked if I’ll be willing to be a voice to some of these issues. To my surprise, many other people shared the link too! I was far from alone on my stance.
In the coming days I will eventually write about this topic, so that you hear my heart about modesty as a wife, and a mom to a son. The onslaught against men in the area of lust is outrageous. Women, if you haven’t asked God to show you the battle, you need to pray that He does. The only way the men in your life are going to stand strong is with a courageous enough woman to look these issues in the face. (But this is another blog post, for another time!)
Anyway, perhaps this is my introduction to future topics. Ultimately my heart is that each of us, as men and women of God would become clothed in the armour of God, and full of the fruit of the Spirit, as we boldly take a stance in a world that wants to lull us to a place of standing for nothing.
Friends, this is becoming my theme verse. Let is soak into your heart.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9)
We won’t be responsible for the outcome of our society, but we will be responsible for what we did to impact it.