Most of us whose morals and ethics haven’t changed since at least the 1950’s, find ourselves being referred to as “extremists” from the “far right.” I feel rather strange with that label because I don’t define myself like that. But the problem is that if you still subscribe to an unchanging moral code founded upon the Bible, the “far right” is where you are presently standing from our culture’s point of view. In the 1950’s our entire culture shared a traditional view of morals and ethics, but since it was not founded upon a changeless authority (the Bible) it continued to drift leftward as new fads and trends came along. So today, even though I haven’t changed my moral views, others have, leaving me and other like-minded people occupying an “extreme” and minority position.
Here is an illustration of how this works: According to the Jerusalem Post, some years ago, the President of Israel was speaking to students at the Reali High School in Haifa. When asked by a student whether he favored allowing marriage between two persons of the same sex, he replied: “if such a law were brought before me I’d vote against it….There is too much fuss about this. It is exaggerated. It has turned homosexuality into something beautiful.” He also pointed out that the Bible stands against homosexuality. It also bans Sodomy. “Neither phenomenon can be socially acceptable,” he said. His remarks set off a firestorm of protest from the secular press and many members of his own ruling body, the Knesset. One Knesset leader said he had spoken to the President and “made him understand the gravity and ugliness of his comments.” The interesting thing here is that Israel is a Jewish state. These are the people who passed along to us the Ten Commandments, the words of God, and all of those prohibitions about homosexuality. But any attempt to stand upon those principles today brings the charges of “nasty” and ”ugly” and ”homophobic,” to name a few.
That is why the Apostle Paul warned young Timothy that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (2 Timothy 3:12). The reason? God has not changed His mind about sin. And those of us who also refuse to change ours had better prepare for some difficult times ahead.
Senior Pastor of Cactus Christian Fellowship