The Oct. 7th article said, “The court’s action marks a turning point. A majority of Americans now live in states where gay couples can wed, and the court’s decision could soon bring the number of those states to 30, meaning there may be no going back.”
The court’s decision came without any explanation and surprised those on both sides of the issue. In June 2013, the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which had denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in states where it was legal.
The Washington Post quoted James Esseks, a lawyer who heads the American Civil Liberties Union’s legal efforts concerning same-sex marriage as saying, “I’m blown away by this. It is a watershed moment for the entire country.”
Like it or not, The scene of this world is changing faster than many people expected, especially in the areas of same-sex marriages, and legalizing marijuana.
On Feb. 26, 2014, The New York Times reported, “A little over a year after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, more than half the states, including some in the conservative South, are considering decriminalizing the drug or legalizing it for medical or recreational use. That has set up a watershed year in the battle over whether marijuana should be as available as alcohol.”
A narrow majority of Americans (51 percent) believe marijuana should be legal, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted in February matching the result in a CBS News poll the previous month. Welcome it or resist it, but change is coming. In fact, look around. It is already here.
Perhaps you want to voice your approval or disapproval about the direction the world is heading? That is your prerogative. According to 2Timothy 3:1-5, however, some changes are a sign of the times that we are living in what God’s Word calls “the last days” of a world of people who refuse to align themselves with the will of God.
You might share the view of Henry David Thoreau, who said, “Things do not change; we change.” Yes, it is people who are changing. We live in a world where people want what they want and they get. They have truly learned how to get it.
So, how should this ever changing world affect true Christians? Jesus said at John 15:19, “If you had anything in common with the world, the world would love you as one of its own. But you don’t have anything in common with the world. I chose you from the world, and that’s why the world hates you.” — GOD’S WORD Translation.
If Christians are not supposed to have “anything in common with the world,” how do they strike a balance between being in the world and no part of the world in imitation of Christ? History shows that in Jesus’ day, the Roman empire was not unlike the world today, only on a smaller scale. There was civil unrest, moral decline, revolts against the government, discrimination and poverty.
Did Jesus try to change that world? Did he invest his time correcting social conflicts? Did he voice his opinions on every situation affecting those of his generation? No. At Luke 4:43 he told the people, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” — New King James Version.
By his faith and obedience to his heavenly Father, Jesus condemned the world. He quoted God’s Word as the final authority on matters and left his followers a pattern to follow, according to 1Peter 2:21. What advice did he offer his followers when dealing with the world and each other? At Luke 6:37 Jesus said, “Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you.” — Good News Translation.
At 1Corinthians 5:12-13, Paul told Christians in authority, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” — New International Version.
If God is to judge those outside the congregation, many feel it is not our place to express approval or disapproval of what the world does, but to imitate Jesus and focus on preaching about God’s kingdom in fulfillment of Matthew 24:14.
This is in harmony with the Bible's advice at 1Thessalonians 4:11: “Make it your aim to live quietly and to mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we instructed you.” — New World Translation.
Remaining neutral to world affairs, true Christians trust in God and put their faith in His promise at 1John 2:17: “The world and its cravings are passing away, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.” — Common English Bible.
It's no secret that Christians are suppose to have different standards than the world. That is God's will. It is also His will that they mind their own business and live quietly while sharing the good news. Easy? Not always. But His will be done.
Yes, the world is changing. It always has. The real question is whether we will change with it or can we be the change we wish to see in this world? Remember, just because the world is changing doesn’t mean anything has changed with Almighty God (Malachi 3:6). We are His creation and must answer to Him.