The World Has Changed…?

UnknownI must confess to being a Lord of the Rings Tragic. I read the book once a year and watch the movies all the time.  The Beginning of the first movie, The Fellowship of the Ring begins with Galadriel saying this:

I amar prestar aen. Han mathon ne nen….

Han mathon ne chae…. A han noston ned gwilith…

The world is changed.  I feel it in the water.

I feel it in the Earth. I smell it in the air.

One could easily have the strong impression that the world has indeed changed. This past week, the Supreme Court of the United States of America legalised gay marriage in all 50 states. For proponents of marriage ‘equality’; for LGBTQI’s it is a massive victory. In an article in Time Magazine entitled Orthodox Christians Must Now learn to live as Exiles in Our Own Country

R1907500_10154051239814240_8738880266577910067_non Dreher writes:

One can certainly understand the joy that LGBT Americans and their supporters feel today. But orthodox Christians must understand that things are going to get much more difficult for us. We are going to have to learn how to live as exiles in our own country. We are going to have to learn how to live with at least a mild form of persecution. And we are going to have to change the way we practice our faith and teach it to our children, to build resilient communities.

In less than 30 years Western Culture has moved from Homosexual practice being a criminal offence to gay marriage now being a constitutionally protected right which no state or, for the time being, secular organization has the freedom to deny. It does seem that the world has changed. But has the world changed?

When one reads the NT we are promised that those who live a godly life will be persecuted (2 Tim 3:16); The Apostle Peter when writing to the Christians scattered through the Roman Empire refers to them as ‘elect exiles’ (1 Peter 1:1), in chapter 2 he instructs them this way:

“[11] Beloved, I urge you, as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh which wage war against your soul.

And of course we must not forget the words of our Saviour Lord Jesus Christ as he spoke to his disciples that the Apostle John records for us in his Gospel:

[18] “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. [19] If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. [20] Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. [21] But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. (John 15:18-21 ESV)

These passages are only a small example of what Holy Scriptures says about how God’s people will relate to the world and vice versa, yet when one compares these passage with the experience that Christians in the West have enjoyed for many decades, I would put it out there that what we have experienced in the West which we think has been the norm, is in fact not the norm. The fact Christians in the West have enjoyed so much freedom and influence has been a great blessing from God, but perhaps that was the changing of the world? And now the Western world has simply returned to its default position? Or perhaps the western world is not changing, and now what Christians in the west are seeing is western culture simply discarding its Christian mask that it has worn for so long.

In any case God is still sovereign, the Church will prevail, and the Lord Jesus Christ will return.

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