Let’s Fix It

September 19, 2018

Let’s Fix It

By Russell George

It is often said, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If it is broke, it sure needs to be fixed.

In this article I want to call to your attention the need of fixing our culture that is increasingly more corrupt. What do we need to do to fix it? You and I can’t fix it by ourselves, but if we all work together, with the help of God, we can fix it.

About all we are doing now is treating the symptoms of our corrupt culture. That needs to be done, but any medical technician knows that the cause of a disorder also needs to be found and corrected.

Some are helping young people and adults get their drug addiction under control so they can go on with their life. It would be better if we fully informed our children and young people about the dangers of drugs so they would never touch them. Some marriage counselors help couples solve their problems so their marriage doesn’t end in divorce. Better it would be if they were in a good church where they would have knowledge of how to get help from God in controlling their selfish passions and love one another. Some Christians work with prisoners and help them get right with God so that when they get out they are a blessing to mankind and not a burden. If they had been brought up in a good church they would have moral values that wouldn’t allowed them to get in trouble with the law.

To fix our culture, the first thing we need to do is live above the evil norms of the culture. Just because something is now accepted, when previously it wasn’t, doesn’t make it right. We need to live according to the standards we find in the Bible. That will leave us cross – cultural, but that’s what needs to be done to fix our culture.

Most older people can remember a day when there weren’t nearly as many homes split up because of divorce. Teenagers weren’t addicted to drugs. There weren’t nearly as many teen – age pregnancies. There weren’t nearly as many in jail or prison. What made the difference? Back then a much higher percentage of the people attended church regularly. Even if they didn’t, they respected Judaeo Christian standards. There were more nuclear families. Parents taught their children to respect their authority. Much more could be mentioned.

It stands to reason that the way to fix our culture is to go back to the old ways. We aren’t suggesting that we go back to a primitive way of living that would demand more sacrifices. We just need to go back to a fear of God and a respect for decency and order. For the most part, people were happy back in the old days. They had fun. They enjoyed social functions that didn’t include drinking and immoral behavior.

I would like to suggest some more things we can do to change things in our small corner. If we all work together we can make an impact on our society.

Christians need to be sharing the gospel with those around them. We need to be telling people about what God is doing for us and the joy we find in living the Christian life. If your Christianity doesn’t give you something to be excited about, maybe you don’t have the relationship with God that you should have. Genuine Christianity doesn’t put a chain around our neck that makes us feel ugly and burdened down. It gives us joy and reason for living. Our joy in Christ should make others say, “I wish I had what he or she has.” Those who have the right relationship with the Lord should be experiencing what David said in Psalm 16:11. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Christian parents need to bring up their children in what the Bible calls in Ephesians 6:4 “the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” That includes teaching them to respect their authority. If they don’t learn to respect the authority of their parents they won’t respect the authority of those who are over them, and much less God’s authority. Teaching them to respect authority will no doubt demand some corporal discipline. Parents may be criticized for it, but later on they will have children they can be proud of and those who criticized them will be ashamed of their children. A happy family is one where they all do things together. That will demand that parents say “no” when their children demand that they buy them a smart phone. A happy family isn’t one where each child spends his time off in a corner by himself with his smart phone.

To return our culture to where it once was will also demand that parents be out spoken and demand that the public schools clean up their curriculum. It is pathetic that so many children are allowed to graduate when they can scarcely read and write and do simple math. They aren’t being taught to think for themselves. They are being taught false ideologies. Children in school need to be taught decent behavior habits. That doesn’t include tolerance for or the acceptance of transgenderism or same sex marriage. If the school refuses to change, parents need to love their children enough to be willing to home school them or send them to a good private school.

We also need to pray and do what we can to rescue our young people from secularism. Many are dropping out of church when they finish high school. Many churches could do more to reach young people and keep them following the Lord. They need to be taught to discern between good and evil. That way they will know better than enroll in a college that teaches them to walk in a wicked life style. Proverbs 4:14-15 says, “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”

People with low moral values are finding themselves in jail or prison. Prisons are often called “correctional centers,” but most criminals aren’t corrected by being locked up. When they are released they go back to the same life style that put them in prison. More Christians need to take advantage of offering the gospel to prisoners. That is the most effective way of correcting prisoners.

Please join the team of those who are convinced that our culture needs to be fixed. To do nothing allows our culture to be increasingly more corrupt. We need to be doing all we can to change our culture. Encourage others to join the team of fixers. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

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