It could be worse!
Have you ever wondered why certain elements of society are trying so hard to make their “alternative lifestyle” legitimate? Let me give you a few things to think about.
First, Scripture says in the latter times there will be selfish people becoming more selfish. Paul writes, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (2Ti 3:1-2). God calls us to be holy and impact the world around us with the gospel and our lifestyle (1 Pet. 1:15-16; Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Pet. 3:11).
Secondly, the flesh wants itself accepted by everyone else, so it can live anyway it wants (2 Tim. 3:13). Consider how families were connected and living in the 1950s compared to the 2000s. Today families are far more splintered than before. Today’s lifestyle is accepted, because “that’s the way people are.”
Thirdly, the enemy wants the lower lifestyle, because then everything “above that” will be accepted. It is not as bad as “that other lifestyle.” For example, “It’s okay that my child doesn’t do his homework, because at least he isn’t out drinking and partying all night long.” I was listening to the radio on the way to church and a heard a lady describing an inappropriate behavior of her child. She said, “At least it’s not as bad as some teen’s behavior. It could be worse.” Imagine that poor mother who comforts herself by comparing and accepting a lower standard for her children, because she sees much worse behavior in others. That’s relativism. That is not discipling children to the holiness of God.
If the enemy can promote despicable behavior, then we earthlings will lower our standards to what is still above that lower standard, but completely below that standard God wants for His people.
Why don’t we disciple our children or others? We don’t want conflict. We think children and teens know how to live and we are deceived into thinking they will figure it out for themselves. Do not be deceived by the ploys and schemes of the enemy. We are called to holiness. Let us disciple our children and others in love, mercy and righteousness. The grace of God teaches us to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present age (Titus 2:11-12).
What are your thoughts?