Updated: Dec 15, 2021
There is a cultural tug of war waging in the West. This war is between the antichrist spirit and the spirit of Christ. Those who possess the spirit of Christ are trying to hold on to the culture with objective biblical morals, while those who oppose the spirit of Christ are tugging the culture away towards hedonism and relativism. Although this battle has always been waging at some level, the intensity of it now is fiercer and more obvious than ever before.
Historically in the West, the rope of culture was firmly held on to by the Church, who was the moral compass, salt, and light of society. It was the Church that dictated what was good and what was evil according to what the Bible says. This wasn’t done perfectly, but it was done effectively, as the culture back then was less perverse, sexualized, dishonest, corrupt, and broken as it is today. Not only are we far more perverse, sexualized, dishonest, corrupt, and broken now than in the past, but we praise, celebrate, and maximize those terms to their fullest extent. With government, education, media, Hollywood and entertainment being the primary influence on society, you are now seeing secular anti-God values reflected in the culture. One does not need to be the Pope to see that our culture is in a state of moral anarchy. But how did this happen? How has the Church lost its grip on the culture?
Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-15, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” The Church has lost its saltiness and seized to preserve that which is good. We have not been exposing darkness because we have dimmed our light within the comfort of our four walls, afraid to offend those who would disagree with the Word of God. We have kept the truth to ourselves and wonder why the world is deceived by lies. Good is called evil while evil is called good because we ourselves have failed to distinguish the two from each other. We have ignored and tolerated blatant evil for too long, allowing it to become normal in our nations.
Both our salt and light represent our Christ like influence on the world. Salt is truth that preserves what is good and heals that which is wounded. Light is truth that exposes lies and causes darkness to flee. A moral vacuum has formed in our culture and the devil is fighting hard to fill it, the question is, are we fighting just as hard?
St Augustine said, “The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.” Notice how he said you don’t have to defend the truth but only to “Let it loose.” We don’t have to defend the truth about homosexuality, abortion, transgenderism, etc. They are obviously in direct violation of God’s natural law which is written on the hearts of all men (Romans 2:14-15). However, we need to let loose the truth about those evils by speaking it forth from out of our mouths. For how can the truth defend itself if it is trapped inside of us as a lion is inside of a cage? Our mouths are cages and our courage is the key. We need to unlock our mouths by courageously speaking the truth. If we do this, we will regain our saltiness and allow our light to shine.
If we then sprinkle our salt and shine our light by living out and speaking the truth in all the mountains of influence, we will once again dominate the culture. Although our salt may hurt and our light may offend, both are necessary to hold back and fight the powers of hell. We must always remember Jesus’ words, “if the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18). Christians must always remember that it is not us the world hates, but Christ inside of us. Let us not be the generation that sacrifices our freedom, culture, and nation on the altar of political correctness. It’s time for the Church to regain its saltiness and shine its light for all in the house (the whole world) to see.