Great points, Wayfarer, but I disagree that academics are missing that we are in a Marxist uprising. I think they not only know that we are, but are part of the forces behind it. All those out of school, unemployed college students who have taken to the streets as the core of the protests are just earning extra credit.
Most Americans miss this point, though, but not everyone. We need to understand the flavor of the times and have an answer to those who ask about our hope. Target rich area for evangelism.
I've heard that argument too: homosexual behaviors exist within the animal kingdom which therefore make those behaviors "natural." No, it only shows that sin's effects from the Fall run greater than we might expect. Romans 8 says that Creation was subject to futility and groans along with us waiting for Jesus'return.
You are quite right, I'm afraid, Brother Wayfarer. Like any cultural revolution, there will be blood in the streets and truth out the window. I talked with a deluded man today who is certain a French Revolution-style cataclysm is coming. All the masses of people's who have been held down are about to rise up and establish their own rule. He quoted the Constitution defined citizen responsibility to take charge if things go awry.
Because we belong to Christ and not some Marxist cause, we're not in a comfortable place. May we witness fearlessly and pray earnestly anyway.
If "love always wins," someone needs to first define "love," then give an analysis of whether that "love" is right or wrong. The Bible does that quite well. But society wants to use crowd-sourced definitions and morals. Not only is that counter to God's specific definitions and beyond His established limits, but crowd-sourced definitions and morals will change, so,times quickly and radically. Can't trust that kind of thinking. Better to stand on the Rock that cannot be moved.
Dr. Voddie Baucham is a well respected preacher and theologian with many sermons posted here on SA. He is very solid Biblically and is an outstanding speaker. We have seen him speak in person at a homeschool convention and were quite edified.
It sounds ridiculous but folks are afraid of death and have no concept of the Lord God Almighty, having suppressed that knowledge. It's yet another kind of a Tower of Babel, stating that we made ourselves and not the Lord.
If any cyborg was able to stick it out thru the various plagues and woes, he's got a rude awakening coming when that winepress starts getting tread.
Godliness and worldly gain are typically unrelated. What the Hindus can't understand is the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. Yes, there is a great prize to be gained in salvation, but not the earthly kind that these Hindus suggest. The Holy Spirit, in freeing the heart to follow after the Lord, is the actor, not the evangelists.
One has to consider local geographic differences. Rhode Island is a place where I was once stationed. Even back decades ago, a Christian shown brightly just walking down the street without even saying a word. This attack on Christians is not surprising. They have a low view of themselves, others, and the God who made and sustains them. May the Lord fill that "pothole" in the middle of the state with the light of Himself and every heart there with Himself. And if He wouldn't mind, pass me not O gentle Savior. Hear my humble cry as well.
I'd say we're already past that point as a nation, Dr. Tim. With the trifecta of crises, we have the 1960s the Progressives dreamed of, complete with civil rights protests, attacks on people in uniform, and a resurrance of the sexual revolution. We even had a space launch. Nothing new under the sun.
Excellent description, Chrisgp. My uncle and cousins refer to the Gospel as "politics" and have a belief that Christians think all Jews will be gathered to Israel to be aniliated. That's not what my Bible says, and I have no idea where they got that from.