The Bible says in Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
Few things have so shaped our society over the past few years more than the actions of people of low character. Whether it is a corrupt politician, a greedy and self-interested businessman, a professional athlete or the teacher at the local high school, disappointment can be found everywhere. Sadly, this has led to a distrust of all authority. We seem no longer to be surprised by failure- we kind of expect it.
The carnage is seen in the youths of this generation. They can be seen on a daily basis living out the poor examples that bombard them daily, for the “Social media” plasters the deeds of the flesh on the forefront of their thinking.
We do not suffer from a lack of celebrity; we suffer from a deadly dose of sin. Our need is for moral leaders and unashamed voices crying out the truth in this wilderness of sin. Vance Havner used to say, “Young people are dying from a lack of authentic heroes. All they have now are celebrities.”
What can we as Christians do? The Bible has the answer. Second Peter chapter one verses five through seven say, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” Those of us who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ by faith as our Savior have faith, but the Scripture says, “Add to your faith virtue.” This virtue is speaking of “moral excellence.”
Are we adding moral excellence to our faith? Do we live out the principles so clearly set forth in God’s Word? Are we doing what is right in the dark, willing to have all of our exploits examined in the light?
Just maybe the days of buying cars and loaning money on a handshake are gone, but just maybe some of us who dream of the good ole’ days need to let our light shine to make a difference in these last days! It is one thing to recognize the darkness: it is another thing take a strong, vocal and compassionate stand for Jesus Christ.
What I do know is that if the Christian bedrock of our nation does not once again rise up and take a stand for Christ and the truth, we will find ourselves living out the words of Judges 2:10: “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel”…come to think of it, maybe we are that generation that knows not the LORD.
Let’s say one thing more:
Are you as a Christian playing an active role in influencing this generation for Jesus Christ? Are there simple things you could do to make a difference?
Here are some tips for making a difference:
- Win someone to Jesus Christ. THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM IS THE HEART OF MAN (II COR. 5:17).
- Disciple a convert (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Mentor a young person. This will add meaning to their life and your’s. One-on-one mentoring gives you the idea that the job of changing our country can happen. Let’s all get involved!
- Work on a bus route through your local church. This will give you opportunity to help a child and a family.
- Volunteer at the local public school. The presence of godly people at the schools will make a difference. As God opens doors, go through them. PUT YOUR LIGHT ON A CANDLESTICK- –GO PUBLIC WITH YOUR FAITH.
- Know lost people. Sadly, too few Christians know anyone who is lost. Too often our family members, our friends, our acquaintances are all saved, church-going people. Remember, Jesus ate with publicans and sinners.
- Pray. Prayer is not a last resort. It is a lasting result. Pray that God will do a work (II Chronicles 7:14).
I would hate to live my life denouncing the darkness but never defeating it. Let’s be people of character, Christ-likeness and courage!