“Mommy, who is this?” No answer. The girl’s mother is thumbing through the merchandise at the shelf adjacent to where the little girl is observing something at eye level.
“Momma, who is this?” The mother is still ignoring the question.
“Mommy, is that Jesus?” The mother finally turns towards the daughter, in realization that the third time the question is posed requires attention….it will not go away easily.
“Which one is Jesus, the baby or the other man?” The mother looks awkward and uncomfortable like she is at all costs avoiding this gnawing discussion that has been presented to her. At last she turns hastily and shuffles out of the aisle, perhaps in hopes that a change of scenery will render the question null and void…..the little girl trails behind with lingering unanswered questions.
This was the scene over the weekend as I was browsing a well known craft store that happens to taut itself as a store that holds Christian values. You know the one that starts making room for ornaments sometime after the 4th of July? Naturally, you would come to then expect at least one entire row of nativity scenes and effigies of the Lord Jesus. It was in this fateful store that I found myself confronted with a heartbreaking reality…parents do not want their children to even know about Jesus. Sure they can know about Islam, or Buddha, or how to respect gay marriage, but when they ask a simple question, desiring to know who this man Jesus is they get…..no answer.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. This society loves to talk about loving people, showing respect and tolerance so much so that you would assume that the very God who loved people and desired their eternal destiny to be filled with hope and purpose would be embraced. But HE is NOT. WHY? Simply put, they have not seen Him for themselves, they do not know how His heart aches with pain as He waits for them, longing for them to come to Him so He can give them this eternal life and reveal to them His unfailing love and compassion.
As I heard this seemingly unnoticeable event transpire, I could not help but to think that God was allowing me to hear the heart and state of many people in this country. “We don’t want this God”, they say. We are satisfied with the way things are. “He doesn’t exist!”…. they declare. “ We don’t want your Jesus, keep Him to yourself,” they argue.
Precious people, loved by God…this is nothing more than a reminder of what is to come, what is already here, and what will gradually get worse.
2 Timothy 3:3-5
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power….”
Sound familiar? This is the day where we are seeing these things unfold before our very eyes. Not only are these things common occurrences, but they are bragged about, encouraged, and esteemed. It is no longer right to speak of morality and right living. If you hold yourself or others accountable to a moral compass you are considered “intolerant”, socially inept, or intellectually hindered. If you are not open to anything and everything, than you are backwards, ridiculous, or just plain out of touch with society.
It goes without saying that if we consider the current condition of our society, it becomes obscenely clear that current trends place our nation heading into an even more perilous state. It is clear that people do not worship God or even consider Him. People have made idols out of everything from money to their homes, and even themselves. This nation does not value human life, but instead values a “woman’s right to choose”, it does not value a natural marriage between man and woman, but calls on everyone to embrace “homosexual marriage”….We do not value keeping ourselves from things that could corrupt or pollute ourselves, but rather instead the nation values and boasts about legalized drug use, pornography, and the list goes on and on….and on.
I ask you to please, take a look around… for the alarm is going off!!!! This is what a society and a nation looks like who have forsaken God and have chosen to go their own way….we are going our own way alright….and folks, it doesn’t look good.
“Go west and look in the land of Cyprus; go east and search through the land of Kedar. Has anyone ever heard of anything as strange as this? Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols! The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay,” says the LORD. For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me–the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” Jeremiah 2:10-13
Know that God desires you to turn from all forms of sin, everything that is hindering you from walking closely to Him. Turn to the fountain of living water, the only one who can save.
“Who is this?” the little girl asked….and from the depths of my soul I wanted to proclaim…“His name is JESUS!”