There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God….
2 Timothy 3:1-4
It’s certainly hard to argue we’re not living in the last days as described in the Bible. Everything in these verses matches up with our current circumstances; there’s a never-ending road of examples lately. Our culture, and Western civilization as a whole, has been declining for a long while – but things can look especially grim today. We do seem to live in evil times when evil is celebrated – whether it’s in the brazen rejection of the Gospel or in the unashamed brutality of terrorist groups like ISIS.
A surprising number of our fellow Americans don’t like the word “evil.” They’re always voicing the need for “tolerance” or “understanding” – or what you and I would call “moral relativism.”
But these same people sure are keen on trying to legislate “evil” away when it comes to issues like guns, as if gun control laws (that only the good guys will follow) are a solution rather than an added problem.
The fact is, evil doesn’t exist in guns or whatever else some of our lawmakers try to legislate away. It exists in the human heart. And the only cure for that, ultimately, is in God. But some people don’t want to acknowledge that fact. They don’t like “God talk,” and they don’t like to confront the reality that they have created a far less wholesome culture than we used to have.
We need to get that culture back.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, inevitably, you’ll come across examples of sin running rampant, so when it hits you, pray for a cultural deliverance, and also take action. Support policies and a culture that encourage good behavior and discourage or punish the bad.