Social injustice, homosexual marriage, divorce, cohabitation, adultery, premarital sex, pornography, abortion, casual drug use, the rejection of absolutes, the immorality of the entertainment industry…these are a representative sample of some of the things our culture embraces today.
Can the church survive such moral degradation? Can it survive 21st century American culture, or will it become a decaying relic of the past? Does the moral depravity of our culture threaten the very existence of the church today? Is it really possible for the church to find relevance in today’s culture?
The answer to all these questions is an emphatic “YES!” and if we think otherwise, maybe we need to rethink a few matters regarding the kingdom of God.
Whether we’re talking about God’s reign in such patriarchs as Noah, his reign in Old Testament Israel, or his reign in the church today, his people have always been situated in an immoral world. Did Noah and his family need a moral culture in order to be faithful to God? When Israel walked in the commandments of the Lord, was it because their surrounding culture was moral? What New Testament church was situated in a moral culture?
My point is, the success and future of the church is not and never has been in the hands of our culture, but in our faithfulness to God and God’s faithfulness to keep his promises. Do I like the growing momentum of immorality in our culture? Certainly not, but the success and relevance of the church is not tied to our culture. America can rise and fall, but God’s church will remain. Isn’t that what Daniel 2:44 teaches?
Let’s not forget that we are part of an unshakable kingdom (Hebrews 12:28). Don’t buy what the prophets of doom and gloom are selling. Don’t allow the immorality of our culture to overwhelm, discourage, and defeat you. Instead, remember that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:31, 35-37)!