How can we know how bad or corrupt things are getting in the hearts and minds of our world leaders, influential people, and the average person in the population? We can know by looking around us. Jesus said ‘you can discern the sky and know that it is about to rain…’.
An article that I read today in the news helps give some indication. The article was about pedophilia stating that the sexual assault on minor children is much deeper and encompasses a higher percentage of the population than previously thought. This has come about because of a new on-line software program that analyses billions of pictures posted to the web to ferret out child pornography. The shocker to these agencies who specialize in fighting child pornography…? The level and scope of debauchery is far darker than previously thought, and surprise of the unwillingness of tech companies to take down and remove pictures that have been located and identified by them as child pornography.
Something else that is readily noticeable in our culture is the language being used by officials and government representatives. Quotes from them printed in the news that contain cursing and vulgar swearing. This is particularly noticeable in news coming from the USA. We know that we are living in perilous times when the quality of people is deteriorating rapidly. How low can people go? Right into the eternal abyss.
Here are some statistics out of China recently. “Shang Xiaoyuan, the director of the family and child research center of Beijing Normal University and a director of the Child Welfare Protection Council of China, said studies had estimated that 1 percent of all Chinese children were raped and that many times more were put in sexual contact with adults. Girls’ Protection, a Chinese public welfare group, said in its most recent report that the cases made public were “only the tip of the iceberg.”
Churches need to be addressing the issues they see within their own congregations that are affecting the quality of people instead of trying to help people feel better about themselves. I listened to an online posting of a session in a church leadership conference where church leaders were told by the speaker, “if you continue to encourage covetousness in your people you will get more money from them in the offering plate, but they will stay like babes, they won’t mature.”
We need to mature as Christians. We don’t need someone patronizing us and telling us fables and lies. We need to face the reality that we are a lost and undone people without discipline and sacrifice in our lives. We need the cross to develop into worthy people for the kingdom of God. This is what church leaders do not want to teach. It’s not popular, it’s not all inclusive, and it’s not always seeker friendly.