Dr. Tony Evans recently commented that we now live in the “Divided States of America.” While division has always been present in our nation to varying degrees, it does seem that many cultural commentators are correct in saying that we are currently living in one of the most divided times since the Civil War. In some cases, these differences lie at a fundamental ideological level, while in other cases, they are the product of partisan discord along with the mainstream media’s incessant fanning of the flames of racism, sexism, and a host of other claims of supposed “discrimination.”
But we in the Church must resist these false narratives. Like the sons of Issachar, we have to understand the times we are living in and respond properly and biblically. As the pressure to conform to our culture increases, many in the Church are opting for a new form of Christianity that denies the central tenants of sound, biblical teaching in favor of something much more akin to modern American political progressivism. Others are throwing out Christianity altogether because it is unpopular, or no longer “feels right” for them. Those who desire to remain faithful can no longer stand idly by as our society heads toward a cliff. We must practice discernment and see through the lies and propaganda that fill our screens daily.
This requires steady doses of the Word, prayer and worship. As the apostle Paul said in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Only when we set our hearts and minds on things above rather than on earthly things (Col 3:1-2) will we be able to guard against the ideological currents of our day that are in opposition to Scripture. Only then are we able to receive our cues from the Father and apply His perspective to our spheres of influence, whether in the world of entertainment, education, politics or the particular area God has called us to.
As the darkness around us intensifies we have a real opportunity to be a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. But we must come together as one. This is not the unity for unity’s sake that our culture preaches, for we are not to unify with darkness (2 Cor 6:14). Rather, this is a unity based on Truth centered in Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. As one, we must stand courageously and speak the Truth in love. Our world desperately needs both right now.