That's What Christians Do Now!

That's What Christians Do Now
Christian apathy in the face of cultural collapse
Donald E. Wildmon, President, American Family Association
July 13, 2000

In 1973 the Supreme Court said it was OK to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues. A woman's choice? Half of those who have died in their mothers' wombs have been women. They didn't have a choice. It is called abortion.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now!
First it was in dingy, dirty theaters. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then on television. Now it is in the homes of millions via the Internet. It is called pornography.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now!
They called it no-fault. Why should we blame anyone when something so tragic happens. Haven't they already suffered enough? Half of the marriages in American end this way. The children suffered. The family broken down. It is called divorce.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now!
At one time it was perversion. We kept it secret. We secured help and hope for those who practiced it. Now it is praised. We have parades celebrating it, and elected officials give it their blessing. How it is endowed with special privileges and protected by special laws. Even some Christian leaders and denominations praise it. It is call homosexuality.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now!
It used to be an embarrassment. A shame. Now a third of all births are to mothers who aren't married. Two-thirds of all African-American children are born into a home without a father. The state usually pays the tab. That is why we pay our taxes, so that government can take the place of parents. After all, government bureaucrats know much better how to raise children than parents do. It is called illegitimacy.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now!
At one time it was wrong. But then the state decided to legalize it, promote it and tax it. It has ripped apart families and destroyed lives. But just look at all the money the state has raised. No longer do we have to teach our children to study and work hard. Now we teach them they can get something for nothing. We spend millions encouraging people to join the fun and excitement. Just look at the big sums that people are winning. They will never have to work again! It is called gambling.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now!
Not long ago, Christians were the good guys. But now any positive image of Christians in movie or on TV is gone. We are depicted as the bad guys - greedy, narrow-minded hypocrites. The teacher can't have a Bible on her desk, but can have Playboy. We don't have Christmas and Easter holidays - just winter and spring break. We can't pray in school, but we can use foul language. It's called being tolerant.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now!
Yes, all these things came to pass within 30 years. Where were the Christians? Why, they were in church. All these things are for someone else to deal with. Times have changed. Involvement has been replaced with apathy.

But don't blame me. I didn't do anything. I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now!

Brethren, we as true followers of Christ need to really think about what President Wildmon has said in this article of the American Family Association. Are we in the churches of Christ guilty of just "going to church, hearing the minister preach, and then go home" and forget the reality of suffering that goes on around us because of sin? We are in a continuing battle with Satan and I'm afraid that we've put down our spiritual armour as Paul talks about in Ephesians 6:11-18. Paul also said in 1st Corinthians 15:34 to "Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame." We need now more than ever to be seeking the souls of men rather than sitting in the confines of a church building and to stand up for God's righteousness at all costs. Christ said in Luke 2:49 when his parents asked him why He had stayed behind in the temple sitting in the midst of the doctors of the law and he answered, "How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"

We too MUST BE about our Father's business or we will end up like the ones Christ talked about in Matthew 7:21, "Not every one that saith unto, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven".

Brethren, we need to adhere to the inspired Apostle Paul's message in Romans 13:11-12 when he said, "And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Verse 12 says, "The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light". We definitely need to get involved in our Lord's business because it will determine our eternal destiny!

 


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Mike Riley
Montana Street Church of Christ
El Paso, Texas

July 14, 2000