“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. (Amos 8:11)
Well, it has happened. I must have finally become “old.” I am longing for the good old days. I remember a time in the 1950s when my grandfather declared that Rock and Roll was destroying today’s youth! Now those songs seem so innocent compared to the Rap and Rock lyrics heard today.
I know we tend to build on memory and make the past better than it was, but I don’t recall a previous time when the world was as out of control as it is today! Even during two terrible world wars, most people still had respect for one another. Not today. And even in the ’50s and ’60s, there were strip clubs and pornography but it wasn’t blatantly viewed daily on television as we have now. Even during the angry generation of the 1960s, if a man swore in front of me, he’d immediately apologize afterwards. Now young men in stores casually drop f-bombs and think nothing of it. I have seen little girls go from wearing patent leather shoes to high heels and butt-exposing shorts with no regard to modesty, while her mom apparently approves because she’s wearing a matching outfit.
Heard nightly on the news, radical groups want to convert others to their religion. I ask you, ‘Why would we EVER want to become them? Their ways are neither loving nor uplifting.” And I am not only talking about radical Middle Eastern religions but our own as well! When viewing someone’s unkind Christian remarks, what would make us desire their religion? I follow NO religion . . . I follow Christ!
In today’s world of apathy and depravity, how many long to hear the sweet words of our Lord? You’re right, not many. We have a great famine in our country and it’s not for lack of food. (66% of our country is overweight and don’t care! They’d rather follow a famous diet guru instead of God’s healthy plan.) The famine I speak of however, is a famine for Moral Truth. Younger generations are sheep wandering in a swamp of destruction. How much farther can our nation plummet into the muck before we’ll perish? Who has the courage to stand out with Godly Conviction, declaring “enough!” and lead us out of our pit?
Today we see our youth innocuous to suffering, either due to ignorance, (no one has shown them Jesus) apathy (which is the opposite of love and a shield against pain) or blatant disregard for rules and regulations. After all, taking drugs isn’t hurting anyone else! Must I remind you that we don’t live in a vacuum? Everything we do affects someone else! It’s a theory called the “Butterfly Effect.”
I believe your neighbor is thirsting for the Word of God (and everyone is our neighbor!) All you have to do is speak out. I realize it’s scary at first to profess Christ, but it gets easier as Jesus controls your life. Pray for opportunities and they will come. Don’t be afraid, for won’t it be more embarrassing if before they are sentenced to an eternity in hell, they ask God, “But why didn’t Ellie just tell me about Christ?” As Christians, remember we never stand alone! Put on that full Armor of God and don’t hesitate to spread the Word of Truth! Joshua 24:15