“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Sojourners in a Strange Land
(Please read Deuteronomy 31:6)
When real estate prices around the country started rising rapidly in the 1970’s, a Denver man remarked that he had always wanted to live in a $100,000 house but had hoped to move first! Like many others, though, he found himself living in a higher-priced neighborhood without quite realizing how it had happened.
Similarly, in the span of less than a generation, this country has gone through changes a whole lot more important than inflation and the price of real estate. As a result, our national personality generally appears to have changed from that of a “Christian” nation to a people benignly tolerant of almost anything. Without moving, we have rather found ourselves in the equivalent of the biblical Babylon, and we’re learning what it means to be “strangers and pilgrims” in a land that once seemed comfortable and safe.
This is not the first time the church has been threatened by the allure of a secular, almost hedonistic culture. In its earliest days, in fact, the church had to compete against pagan religions which condoned indecent activities and in some cases made them part of their worship. And the church grew and thrived because it was walking a godly path.
To help us keep to the same path, we suggest much Bible reading to see how God has always been with those who will be with him, and much association with others who love the Lord. Regular worship together, fellowship and mutual encouragement will go far toward recharging our spiritual batteries against the enticements of the world. And God will certainly bless our efforts to avoid embracing Babylon.