The World it is a ‘changin’.
Today I was browsing through the girls section at Target while I waited on a prescription. I was pretty disappointed in the offerings. The shirts were cute, bright, colorful but just about every single one of them carried thinly disguised political messages and worldliness not appropriate for children.
I’m not a prude.
But when I cam across this shirt, complete with “save the world” and a sexy cut-out over the chest area I was straight-up appalled. This shirt was a small in the girl’s section. The size my daughter wears. She is five years old, people.
What is the World coming to?
I’m not one to boycott but c’mon, Target. This is blatant sexualizing of our young girls. This is evil.
Just like the frog in the slowly heating water, there are forces seeking to desensitize us to the advancing forces of evil in our culture.
A few weeks ago I was in the waiting room at the dentist office when I flipped through a People magazine. I haven’t looked through one in a few years. And I was shook, as the kids are saying nowadays. There were certain messages and agendas being pushed on every other page. It isn’t a just a shallow celeb gossip magazine anymore, it’s a delivery system for propaganda.
The point of all this being; our culture is becoming increasingly hostile to the beliefs held by people of faith. In the future, we will not be able to quietly walk the line. We’re going to become increasingly counter cultural. We’re going to have to take our stand with the Word as culture becomes increasingly antagonistic towards it’s ancient wisdom.
Children need to be protected.
Sexuality is not merely a vehicle for our own physical gratification.
We’re going to have to draw a line somewhere. Whatever that means for us, however we feel led. I’m still very much a “Jesus loves you” type of believer but I also know that there is a coming judgement. I also believe that we are heading into a tailspin that will signal the end of days. At least, for Earth as we know it.
We need to interpret the signs of the times, as Jesus said.
In Luke 21 Jesus talks about an increase in wars and natural disasters and the persecution believers will face- “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.”.. “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”Luke 21:12-19, 25-28
Does that fill anyone else with a sense of urgency? I get goosebumps and I must admit that even as a little girl I had the sense that I would have to face these days. Of course, Jesus said that no one would know the time or the hour. However, we can and should be wise and alert to the times. Even if this doesn’t happen in our lifetimes it can’t hurt to live with a sense of expectancy and keep short accounts with our God.
“Dear Lord, help us to be lights shining ever brighter in this increasingly darkened culture. Help us to kind and gracious but in no way compromising. Grant us wisdom. Give us your peace. Thanks you that you won the victory and we have nothing to fear. In Jesus name, Amen.”