Faith and Worship: August 2016

Recently I celebrated my 60th birthday. My reason for mentioning this is that this occasion prompted the thoughts that follow. Sixty years would seem like a long time to some. It encompasses one fourth of the 240 years that America has existed as a nation.

If we use the “one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day” formula of 2 Peter 3:8 – and please forgive me for doing so – then 60 years would equal about 90 minutes in God’s sight.

So this thought has come to mind: Just look what has happened in America in the past 60 years (or in the last hour and a half from God’s perspective).

It is not a very encouraging picture.

In 1963, Madalyn Murray O’Hair led the fight that eventually resulted in a Supreme Court decision that stopped Bible reading in public schools. The previous year, the same Court had banned prayer in schools. (These rulings, we now see, were the beginning of a snowball effect that has brought many negative consequences – from skyrocketing divorce rates to plummeting SAT scores to steadily increasing violent crime rates and much more.)

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing abortions in the United States. Now – 60 million babies later – we seldom give the murder of babies a second thought.

In the 1980s, the Ten Commandments were removed from government buildings, per court order. In the 1990s, saying “Merry Christmas” began to fall out of favor, and many communities no longer allow nativity scenes to be displayed. (Surely one can see the anti-Christian bias there.)

In 2015, same sex “marriage” was approved by the Supreme Court, and now in 2016 the transgender issue has come to the forefront with the insane requirement that male and female anatomy no longer matters when determining a person’s gender identity.

Dear friend, may I remind you of the “unconventional” way of looking at time mentioned earlier? All of these things have happened in the last hour and a half, i.e., very recently in God’s eyes.

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17).” If that makes me sound like an old-fashioned Bible preacher, then so be it, but if America doesn’t turn back to God, there’s big trouble ahead.

Ron Brisson has been in ministry for 35 years, including the past 18 as Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Rolesville.