The 21st Century World
When I think on the last two decades and where we are today, I think back to Disney childhood tv shows and movies such as the Back to the Future series. These features depict what was thought that the 21st century would look like: “High Tech” electronics, time machines, and weird space-looking clothes? Although there has been a lot of speculation around what the 21st century would hold, there are certain things, expected or not that have changed culture.
One of the most visibly affected areas in the last two decades has been religion. No longer are Christians the overwhelming majority. More and more, people are standing behind “science” and taking leaps and bounds back, away from God, towards an agnostic, self-empowered lifestyle. The deterioration of Christian morality is even more evident when you look at homosexuality and self-identity in our nation. In the early 2000’s civil unions were legalized and not even twenty years later, same-sex marriages were legalized as well. Since then things have escalated to the point that you can claim any sexual orientation you feel reflects the inner you; it is a slippery slope. As politics and political correctness have increased, our nation has slowly split in two. Things that once would bring our nation together on a united front, divide us even further.
Throughout the years, we have suffered from natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. Each demolished entire areas, resulting in devastating amounts of damage. The difference? Katrina united the nation, calling upon our own to help our own; Harvey divided the nation with celebrities screaming out blame on the President and political parties. There were also the horrific terrorist activities of 9/11 and multiple mass shootings. Again, the difference? The heartbreak of 9/11 united a grieving nation in prayer; mass shootings have divided our nation over gun control issues.
In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly is talking to Doc. McFly asks, “Tell me about my future. I know I make it big, but do I become, like, a rich rock star?” Doc responds, “Please Marty. No one should know too much about their destiny.”
This is what distinguishes Christians. At the end of the day, if we have true faith and trust in God, we know our destiny.
No matter what happens here on earth, no matter how terrible things get or the trials we face, our eternity is secured in Christ. Sadly, no two people seem to be able to agree on one single issue anymore. In this age of a confused culture, few know the truth of the Gospel; the Truth that can save the hearts and souls of our lost hurting world. What we face today is not a political issue and it is not a gun issue. It is a Heart issue. It is a Sin issue. It is a lack of knowledge of our God, Lord, and Savior: Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV) says, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”