We live in a time, when the cross of Christ has become culturally irrelevant to many. Resigned to a piece of jewelry, a stylized home ornament or a cemetery marker of days gone by, its influence and presence in the hearts and minds of those who claim the name of Jesus, at least in theory, is waning.
I took a walk through my hometown cemetery in preparation for memorial day. It was interesting to see, even in this sacred place, the shift in culture. I thought back to the missionary cemetery in Honolulu I once visited (actually several times) where stones were replete with references to the cross, hope in the Lord, and Biblical inscriptions of every kind. Today, we find pithy sayings, references to favorite activities or hobbies and inscriptions boasting ones standing in various clubs and organizations (including churches) as our last word and testimony on leaving this earth. The cross of Jesus and the hope it represents traded for worn clichés and the things of life that were never intended to endure
And, while the influence of the cross and the name of Jesus is fading in to the background of American and European culture, surprisingly, it is resurging in the middle-East where Christians today are enduring persecution of the most horrific kind. This today on WND
Isis beheadings spark gospel surge
And, while this seems absolutely amazing it should come as no surprise as its long been said, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church (gospel).
And, while many of us wonder what can be done to reverse the current trend – it should be obvious by now, that the only thing left for shaking this culture out its complacency is for the church to experience what is happening in the middle East. We may not want to hear this but, its true. And, we know within our heart of hearts, if we are honest with ourselves that For God to do so otherwise would be remiss.
What the American church today has failed to accomplish with its gimmick programs, watered down gospel and compromising spirit will be only be accomplished when God strips away all the things that have kept us from making our relationship with him the heart and soul of our lives. And, that my friends is the solemn truth.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy