Changing Times

Categories: Tea & Truth

June 5th, 2017

Smart phones. Drones that deliver packages. Cars that drive themselves. Family Radio’s new logo. Times, they are a-changing! And like all change, it gets met with mixed reviews. Some change is great, and let’s face it: who doesn’t like the idea of not having to parallel park for themselves? On the other hand, some change requires a little getting used to (why, oh, WHY do smart phones keep getting bigger? Mine struggles to fit in my jeans pocket without falling out nowadays, and I don’t even have the biggest model). And some change is just flat-out hard to deal with, like when Chick-fil-A takes peppermint milkshakes off their menu after the Christmas season.

All joking aside, one change that’s been particularly difficult for me to deal with is our culture’s ever-changing definition of what’s socially acceptable. The rules keep getting stricter and stricter, yet further and further from the Bible. It reminds me of the Pharisees adding law after law to God’s law, worried about the risk of offending God and yet completely missing the point that they couldn’t uphold any of it without Him.

SOCIAL NORMS

It’s no longer socially acceptable to disagree with other people. If I do, I’d better keep it hush-hush unless I want to distance a friendship or cause an ugly skirmish on social media where tactlessness reigns king. Even within the body of Christ, it’s no longer acceptable to speak openly about certain behavior or actions that contradict the Bible. Even merely quoting what God says in His Word causes controversy and offense.

“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.” Luke 12:51

“But wait,” you may say, “that’s not new. The Bible’s been causing controversy for thousands of years.” Indeed, it has. What’s changed is not being allowed to even speak the Word of God with confidence. Boldly proclaiming the Bible with confidence is seen as arrogance. Somehow being a “nice person” or “well-liked” in the eyes of the world – or even in the eyes of believers – has become more important than fulfilling the Great Commission.

Jesus was so well-liked that He got crucified, and He never even made a mistake.

OBEYING GOD’S WORD

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want to offend anyone, and I hate conflict. And the Bible makes it clear that striving to live in peace is better than causing controversy, but not at the expense of disobeying God’s commands. Conflict is going to happen whether I go looking for it or not, because try as I might, even a people-pleaser like me can’t keep everyone happy. It’s impossible. What IS possible is seeking to please God by obeying His Word. And His Word tells me to not be ashamed of the Gospel. “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

If I say I believe the Bible, I need to own it. Not just possess it, but confess it in its entirety and “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15). The tone and attitude of gentleness and respect are equally as important as boldness and confidence. I’ve realized lately that even some of us as believers are becoming guilty of looking at the Bible through a worldly lens instead of looking at the world through a biblical lens. How can we be confident in our faith without that solid foundation of absolute truth?

Thankfully, while social standards change at a rapid pace, God and His Word never change. Let’s live out our faith, confidently proclaiming the Gospel with meekness and fear to please God, not man.

“I am ready to preach the gospel to you…For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” Romans 1:15-16

Jessie Chamberlain
Family Radio Staff

13 Responses to "Changing Times"

  1. @MPOliver Posted on June 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for God’s message, Jessie. We all live in a shadow of ourselves spiritually.
    God grant us the wisdom to know your will.
    Appreciate most of the “changes” and recently especially with Jason and Charrie at the Family program at 9 a.m. Young energy, vitality, wit, intelligence, attention to spiritual matters and family jewels….

  2. B Hamlyn Posted on June 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    ALL your points are well-taken! (-Although I didn’t even know that Chick-fil-A OFFERS a peppermint milkshake! :b ) Just thinking about this — It’s just tricky, as you said, to be SO careful when mentioning what the Word says if it’s different from someone else’s opinion or action, to make SURE that the sound of love comes through! A good witness is DEPENDENT upon not sounding “holier than thou,” but actually HELPFUL – and loving – that’s where it seems so tricky! But, as you said, that shouldn’t deter us — I guess I’ll just be sure to THINK, and to PRAY, BEFORE I speak! 🙂

  3. Lisa Webster Posted on June 7, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for reminding me of the importance of upholding the Word of God in these uncertain times. God bless you for writing this blog. God has given you the ability to write such timely words.

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on June 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you very much! God bless!

  4. A. Gordon Posted on June 7, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Amen!

  5. Org Clif Posted on June 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Just wondering, what happen to Harold Camping’s teaching on your site. I went looking for them today because I haven’t looked at your site for a while. There is no more of his recordings. Did you just remove the very core of what Family Radio was teaching through Mr. Camping? I’m just asking.

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on June 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Hello! If you click on “About Us” at the top of the page, then on “Founders,” it will take you to our Founders Page, where you can find Mr. Camping’s studies and biography. We are very thankful for the ministry Mr. Camping began all those years ago.

      Our mission at Family Radio is to declare the Word of God while relying on His Holy Spirit to bring faith to believe His Word. Some of Mr. Camping’s studies contain statements that no longer reflect Family Radio’s mission. Out of respect for Mr. Camping, we have placed all available archives of his work on our website within the Founders Page.

  6. Jenny Burkhiser Posted on June 9, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Jessie,

    Yes and Christ said this would happen to those who are His through the Book of John.

    18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

    19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

    20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

    21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

    Although it isn’t fair, less than friendly responses to God’s Word and its principles makes sense based on Christ’s warnings.

    It is encouraging to remember that it’s better to be loved than liked. In other words, it’s better to experience Jesus’ unconditional and eternal love than to win a popularity contest and be liked by the world, whether on social media or in the public.
    .
    That is hard to do, but it is also comforting that we know what is going on. Thanks for the food for thought, Jessie!

  7. Colleen Dennert Posted on June 9, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Dear Jessie,
    This is the first time in my life that I have ever replied to a blog. Thank YOU for articulating TRUTH! That truth has been continually convincing my heart. As I personally “own” the gospel aware of who “owns” me, I can ONLY rejoice in Jesus my Savior who has reconciled me to the Father and the Spirit who leads and lives within my heart. Hallelujah! Receive HIS blessing as you share your gift of writing to equip, exhort and encourage His Body to His glory alone.

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on June 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much! God bless!

  8. here Posted on July 5, 2017 at 12:53 am

    All people experience changing times, but nevertheless it does not mean that it is too bad. Thanks for telling us about the importance of supporting the Word of God in these uncertain times.

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on July 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

      I agree! There can be many benefits to change. I think a lot of us become daunted by change because we’re most comfortable with what we already know, even if the change is good! I’m so grateful that God and the Bible can keep us firmly rooted through it all.

    • Paula Posted on July 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      From the beginning,God never changes. Only people with different ideas do.

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