For the purpose of this segment of this series, the terms Christian and Christianity are used in a loose sense to include all who would identify themselves as Christians. Probably, most people are oblivious to the war that is being waged against Christianity in our nation and around the world.
I believe the text of Revelation 12 depicts war waged by the devil against God. First, war in Heaven (vs. 7-12). The devil was defeated and expelled from Heaven, whereupon he turned his attack upon the faithful followers of God on earth, the church (vs. 13-17).
As we enter into a new year, there's a question that ought to be up front in everybody's mind: "How Is My Relationship With God?" At about this time every year people consider how their lives are going. They reflect on what happened to them last year and look ahead to what is realistically appearing for them on the horizon.
This is a good time to think about your soul. When? Right now. Many people would that statement probably has something to do with the holiday season in which we are in the midst.After all, a few weeks ago we celebrated the Thanksgiving Day holiday. That certainly sounds as though it has spiritual overtones, and for many people it does. They focus on all of the blessings with which God has blessed them and they make a special effort to give Him thanks. That's a good thing.
The PC movement has been a huge contributor to turning the culture of our nation upside down! For fear of saying the wrong thing, then being criticized, told they’re unloving and called all manner of names, a great many people simply keep their mouths shut out of intimidation. Many churches have buckled under the pressure and watered down doctrinal positions to make them more palatable to the PC crowd. Sadly, a growing number of churches have also bowed to the idol of political correctness.
The PC movement has been a huge factor in turning our culture upside down. Political correctness has become an ideology. Judgment against those who violate the ideology can be swift and harsh. Everyone must be made to bow to the idol of political correctness. Churches have been severely affected. Doctrine is being watered down, in some cases changed completely, to reflect a politically correct position. Instead of shaping the moral character of our culture by boldly teaching the truth of God’s word, many churches have allowed our culture to reshape their teachings. As a result, those churches are in moral decline themselves.
The previous article in this series introduced the subject of political correctness (PC) and how that movement is contributing to the collapse of our culture. As noted, certain words and expressions, used for many decades with little objection, are now deemed to be offensive by a very vocal minority. Language now has to be politically correct. There are also politically correct positions on a number of issues. The PC movement has gained such influence that to violate the politically correct position on anything is to risk a diatribe of criticism. As a result, that position is enforced, either directly or implicitly, even to the extent, in many cases, of contradicting facts. People are so intimidated that they simply go along. Frankly, political correctness has become rather insane…
This past Thursday was, in my opinion, one of the great holidays that we celebrate as a nation- Thanksgiving Day! A number of reasons could be listed as to why this is a great holiday, depending on who does the listing. There are few holidays that command as much attention and respect as does this one. To a great extent, the busy pace of our society shifts down into low gear on Thanksgiving Day. Most businesses are closed, and most employees have the day off.
The Political Correctness (PC) Movement has been a huge factor in turning our culture upside down. There has always been, and always will be, a need to be thoughtful, tactful and kind in how we express ourselves as we communicate with others. Everyone has experienced emotional pain as a result of comments that were unduly critical, harsh, insulting, mean, hurtful and demeaning. Sometimes, they’re the result of carelessness. A person who speaks without giving proper consideration to how he should say what he is about to say. Often, however, hurtful comments are simply the product of a person who is mean-spirited, arrogant, uncaring and thoughtless.
As noted in earlier articles in this series, the home is the basic unit of any society. Homes produce the next generation of adults that will their place in society and shape its culture. When homes break down, that weakens their potential to strengthen the culture. The more homes that break down, the greater the detrimental impact. As goes its culture, so goes a nation. Homes in our nation are breaking down at an increasingly alarming rate, and our culture and nation are suffering terribly as a result. But it’s not just the culture of our nation that is being effected.
Gary L. Hutchens