Living in a Scandalous Culture

“What’s scandalous these days?” Asked conservative columnist Cal Thomas in a recent article.

Although he was addressing some the shenanigans going in politics, his opening paragraph speaks to a spiritual challenge that has scriptural application today.

“In our relativistic age in which everyone has his or her own ‘truth’ and none is to be preferred over another so long as the individual feels good about it, why should anything be considered scandalous?”

“If truth is subjective rather than objective, who is to say what is right and what is wrong? And if one does make such a claim, is that not an affirmation that a standard exists by which truth and falsehood, scandalous and honorable behavior can be measured?”

In my life time, we have seen marriage redefined. Over 63 million babies murdered by abortionist since 1973. Deviant sexual behavior not only tolerated, but legalized and celebrated. Drag queens performing shows for elementary school students. Gender confusion with men thinking they are women and women deciding to be men. And too many religious leaders either remaining silent on the moral and spiritual issues of the day or even denying the percepts and principles of Biblical morality.

Our age is characterized by the summary statement of the period of the Judges when the writer said, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judg. 21:25).

To the purveyors of evil, this solemn warning from the prophet Isaiah to ancient Israel is applicable in the 21st century.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
(Isa. 5:20-21)

While we have warned regarding the erosion of morality through the years, we’re not naive enough to think it will have much of cultural or societal impact. Some silly video or outrageous tweet can garner more hits in a single day than this little blog has in 10 years.

We write to the people of God, and to all those who are receptive to Truth. Don’t allow your hearts, minds and morals to be contaminated by the pollution of secularism, relativism, and humanism. This admonition “be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2) is an ever present challenge.

As we recently wrote, there is still a lot of good in this world. There are godly people in every corner of the globe who have “not bowed their knee to Baal.” They go about their business day after day, loving God, serving others, letting their light shine and making a difference in their circles of influence.

In the midst of this cesspool of sin, it’s important not to compromise our values, or become desensitized to the wickedness around us. We must keep our hearts tender. Our minds pure. And our consciences sensitive to sin. As the British poet Alexander Pope once wrote,

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”

We must be like righteous Lot of old, although he made a bad choice when he chose sinful Sodom for his home, the Bible says, He “was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard” (2 Pet.2:8).

Let’s not grow comfortable with unrighteous attitudes, actions and conversations around us. Let’s not tolerate sinful influences in our homes or in our choices of entertainment. Let’s not allow our character to be corrupted by ungodly friends. “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33).

By God’s grace and through the counsel of His Word may we be trained to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2;13

Live in the world as a beacon of Truth. Just don’t allow the world to live in you.”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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3 responses to “Living in a Scandalous Culture

  1. Dennis Abernathy

    Outstanding Ken. I say a loud AMEN!


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