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How Should We Respond to the Changing World Around Us

04.07.16 | by David Mitchell

Dear Calvary Family,

If you follow the changing values of our culture, you may feel increasingly marginalized if you maintain long established biblical values. This is nothing new. About two thousand years ago, to counter the culture surrounding the church in Ephesus, Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:14, "As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming…"

We must be alert to new winds of doctrine, the trickery of men and crafty deceitful scheming. The evil one will use these three methods to undermine God’s truth and even make us question whether what we believe should change. The Greek word for craftiness is “panourgia;” it’s made up of these two words: “pan” meaning all and “ergon” meaning work. In other words, whatever works is true for me. Just find what works for you and stick with it until something better comes along. There is no absolute truth because all things I like, or whatever new “truth” that culture accepts is to be accepted as the new working truth of the day. The early church experienced that problem just as we do today.

Two current events illustrate the point.
First: North Carolina has passed what is considered a “controversial law.”  This law requires that all bathrooms at state facilities be separated by sex as assigned at birth. So, if you were born a man, use the men’s restroom, not the women’s restroom. This standard is now considered a form of bigotry and denial of equal rights. If you are like me, you are thinking such reasoning is just insane. I think this is more than bathroom etiquette. It is the ongoing attack to undermine God’s established order. 

Second: As reported by Gary Bauer, Hillary Clinton was asked a question on abortion by Paula Faris on the TV show, The View.
Faris: I want to ask you about some comments that you made over the weekend on 'Meet the Press'. You said, quote, “The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights.” My question is at what point does someone have constitutional rights, and are you saying that a child, on its due date, just hours before delivery still has no constitutional rights?

Clinton: Under our law that is the case, Paula. I support Roe v. Wade because I think it is an important -- an important statement about the importance of a woman making this most difficult decision with consultation by whom she chooses: her doctor, her faith, her family. And under the law and under certainly that decision, that is the way we structure it.

According to Clinton, even 30 minutes before the healthy delivery of an unborn child, that baby has no right to life. Where do such extremism and intolerance for the life of a child originate? I believe it can be found in Paul’s warning to the church. There are many winds of doctrine and craftiness in deceit where all the things you want to do are acceptable. This corrosive view is at work in politics and the church. 

How should we respond? That will be part of our biblical study this coming Sundaymorning, but I appreciate Christian researcher and blogger Ed Stetzer’s response to these changing values. We have four choices:

1. We conform - compromise our beliefs with the idea of getting along and maybe they will change.
2. We check out - we simply remove ourselves from society and form our own “holy huddle” to escape.
3. We combat - we become antagonistic and defensive in what we think is a righteous indignation.
4. We counter - we engage with conviction and compassion.

Paul said for us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) just like Jesus. 

Join us Sunday as we learn how we can counter the changing world around us.

David Mitchell
Senior Pastor


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