Does this sound like you?
- Our culture's going downhill so quickly! There's really nothing we can do anymore.
- The "LGBT-rights" crowd gets away with changing everything; those of us with biblical values don't even have a voice anymore!
- I'm so sick of hearing about all this. I just want to raise my family and honor God and raise godly kids. The culture's going to do what the culture's going to do, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
- I've got work to do, kids to get to practice, church Christmas stuff, bills to pay and food to get on the table--I don't have time for all this "culture war" stuff, and we're losing anyway...
Any of those sound like you?
Believe me, I get it. I really do. I struggle with at least 2 out of those 4 (sometimes not even the same 2!) on a regular basis.
Now, in thinking about the latest cultural struggle (one that we all know doesn't make any sense)--an effort being pushed by the Minnesota State High School League to allow students identifying as "transgender" to play on athletic teams opposite their biological sex--and then almost certainly gain access to the locker rooms, bathrooms, hotel rooms, etc. of the opposite sex--I wonder, how has it come to be that we're even talking about this as a society??
(Read more about the High School League's transgender policy HERE.)
But let me share with you what's been an encouragement and reminder to me.
In every sense of the word, we are in a true battle of light vs. darkness for the hearts and minds of our culture.
I think about the parable Jesus gave in John 10, how He describes Himself as the Good Shepherd, willing to lay down His life for His sheep and give them the fullest life, while the enemy (Satan, or the wolf) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.
Another character in the story, the hired hand, cares nothing for the sheep and runs when the wolf comes, leaving the sheep vulnerable to the attack.
My deepest prayer for myself, and for you, dear Friend, is for us to not be like the hired hand who runs at the first sign of trouble.
Instead, let us seek to glorify our Savior who has laid down His life for the sheep by standing with Him, leading His beloved sheep towards the light and the Truth.
When we truly love our neighbors (fellow sheep), we do not abandon them when the latest form of cultural darkness comes snarling and baring its teeth. Instead, we lovingly point them toward the light.
This is especially true when it comes to our children.
Will you help guard the sheep and shine your light in the midst of this latest darkness?
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