Being a Christian in today’s society of talking heads, media blitz, and instant gratification is not the same world that our parents, grandparents, or even children will face. Not that today is more or less challenging than any other time. But it has its own set of challenges, as each generation of believers must face when building their faith in a never changing God while living in an ever-changing world.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Some Things Never Change
Some things about being a Christian are the same and will remain that way. Part of being an outspoken believer in Christ is that your faith does not take a backseat in your life, it is who you are. We believe the same Word of God that we always have, and though others may seek to argue, challenge, and hope to bring us down to a level we should not go, we remain steadfast in our faith. This unwavering faith does not sit well with some people. Because of that there will always be those who mock us. Many will look down on us and unfortunately even hate us, simply for loving, believing, and following the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
We live in a far different world then our parents and grandparents did. “The period from 1955-60, almost half of all Americans were attending church – the highest percentage in U.S. history. During the 1950s, nationwide church membership grew at a faster rate than the population, from 57 percent of the U.S. population in 1950 to 63.3 percent in 1960.” reference
Being a Christian was once considered the norm as far as belief systems in the United States. If someone were to mock or diminish the basic beliefs of Christianity during normal conversation back then, it would’ve been quite shocking. Today’s this is commonplace. Not only do modern Christians need to be as prepared as they once were to share their faith, they now must be prepared at any given time to defend it, themselves, and the role of Christianity in the free world. Because all of these things can be challenged at any given time, often from complete strangers. Openly being a Christian can create wonderful moments to share our faith with others and comfort others in prayer, or it can be a large banner inviting the ire of those who oppose our beliefs.
A unique new challenge younger Christians face is reconciling the place of those who live lifestyles directly conflicting with the Word, while also displaying Christian love. Although there have always been and will always be those who live in direct opposition to God’s Word, our role as Christians remains the same. We will always share the truth and teach God’s Word as written. And we will also do this in love, as we hope that every one of God’s children will be led to Him and receive the gift of salvation.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
An Abundance of Fiction
The world we live in is alive with the growth of electronic advancement, scientific breakthroughs, and inventions once beyond imagination. Many of these things bring great innovations to our lives, creating easier living, longer lifespans, and a multitude of positive changes. However, the abundance of information, not all of it factual, has created new challenges for many believers.
We’ve always sought guidance from God’s Word. This is what steers us through this life and provides wisdom to live as God has commanded us. But with the growth of online resources, many Christians find themselves seeking and obtaining information from less than reliable sources. They may find themselves drifting into conversations, debates, and discussions that lead them astray, or even taint their understanding of truth. Because of this it is important that we are mindful of the convenience of technology in our studies, but that ultimately, we still look directly to the written Word, and engage in prayer to lead us down the correct paths.
Romans 15:4 ESV For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Ultimately, always maintain your faith and ignore the fiction.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Cheerfully in Christ,
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