Have We Lost Sensitivity?
Maybe you remember the face of a Native American with a tear in his eye, as he watched people littering. It was a national TV commercial from the late 60's and 70's if my memory is correct.
Where are the tears today?, and I'm not talking about littering. If you have been exposed to the media at all this week, you know that abortion laws (in NY) have been expanded even more. They call it "comprehensive reproductive health care". Not only that, but they are celebrating in the streets, with Gov Andrew Cuomo directing authorities to light up One World Trade Center in all pink to celebrate the 'victory'.
I'm assuming from an article in The Washington Post, that Cuomo is a Catholic. The article says 'Catholics want New York's Gov. Cuomo to be excommunicated for his abortion policy', they say because he "rejects the fundamental values of his faith".
One news story this week said something along these lines, ....the penalty for killing a sea turtle is more than for murder.....and it went on to say....we celebrate the killing of thousands of unborn children each day while we protest the capital punishment of violent convicted murderers.
The above are taken directly from the news headlines. Each of us must determine in our own heart where we stand in regards to them. I haven't referenced anything you don't see and hear about in the news every day, so often in fact, that I'm convinced even we who abhor evil and cling to God have become desensitized more than we realize. Things that used to shock us and tug at our heartstrings are just everyday news stories now.
Maybe we need to shed a few more tears ourselves while pleading with God to bring about improvements in our immoral world. I don't believe I'm exaggerating any at all when I say some people have more tears in their eyes when they watch the TV commercials trying to collect money to feed stray animals than when they see commercials soliciting money to feed starving children or witness homeless war veterans walking our own streets.
God-fearing believers stand in opposition to preposterous immoral laws and practices and the incivility that a huge segment of society embraces. It seems though that every attempt to expose the evil is bombarded with contentious hostility from those who embrace it. "... to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." (2 Tim 4:3) Believers are outnumbered just as Christ said we would be, and we are threatened and hated just as Christ said we would be!
I know, because the Bible tells me so, that God is saddened when His creation rejects His precepts and ignores His desires for them. I also know that God can effect change in this world and that we need to be consistently asking Him to do so. Christians will always be in the minority because the wide gate is so appealing to so many in that they get to live life on their terms, while the narrow gate is so difficult to enter when we must do so on God's terms (Matt 7:13). BUT, God says the narrow gate is the only way to get to Him, through Christ Jesus our Lord. "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."" (John 14:6)
Today my fellow Christians, continue to resist the world, flee from the sin that consumes it, remembering why we choose to belong to The Lord. (Rom. 8:18), “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (2 Cor. 4:17), “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”. Be courageous, and continue to let your light shine in a world of darkness, so that the glory of God may be revealed. (Matt 5:16)