As I write this, the news crossing my screens is pretty dire. 30+ tourists killed in Tunisia. Suicide attack in Kuwait. Beheading in France. And on the American front, I read about the decision made by the Supreme Court that radically transforms marriage. What a divergent flood. And all this is pecking at hearts.
For years, I have spent time with younger adults – listening, learning. At stake in our culture are the hearts of a generation. There is an assault on the foundations of Biblical Christianity that is unmistakable. And all the news from today just bring to focus the problem. ISIS is fighting for the hearts of a generation that is hungry for meaning and purpose beyond themselves. A demonic Islamic ideology that perverts hearts and results in death. Literally for thousands upon thousands.
And wading into deep cultural waters for us in America, we see the battle for hearts in the name of acceptance and tolerance. But running amok is the misguided assertion that same-sex marriage is marriage. Without definition, we will fall. And the church has idly succumbed to passiveness. And I fear that soon, because of the cultural rot and decay, religious persecution will become the norm, focused on Christian faith. We will no longer be able to practice our belief in marriage because of a Christian foundation – it will be usurped by an ideology that values one-sidedness. What is now celebrated as inclusive will quickly excluded Christianity. That will be the next skirmish in this battle for the hearts of our generation, and the one’s coming up.
As Christians, we find ourselves in a quandary. We are at odds now with the Supreme Courts’ decision on same-sex marriage. And will increasingly find ourselves at odds with society’s view of right and wrong. Yet, we must proclaim biblical truth, especially now in the face of turmoil and crumbling foundations. The hearts of my children, and yours, are at stake.