CONTEMPORARY

CONTEMPORARY

We are living in a progressive nightmare. Every generation regarded itself as being progressive but none as much as ours has. For example, the Bible for centuries was accepted with minor changes. Today we have many versions with cultural and linguistic changes. Even Jesus has become a contemporary. In our church, we honor the Trinity in a traditional and contemporary in separate services. It is troubling that both are accepted by God but not by the people. It is equally inapprehensive that what is traditional was once contemporary. These irreconcilable differences do not only plague our Christian faith but also the constitutionality of our nation.

Christianity is not the only religion that is being dressed in contemporary garb. In America most religions try to appear inviting. They all appeal to the human problems that threaten our very existence. Christians are not alone hoping that some event would turn their fortune. In the face of secularism, religions no longer demonstrate backbone or muscle. Christianity in particular behaves as if it were a slave-morality. We should not be surprised that Islam is creating the impression that it is stronger and less changeable as the other faiths. Islam is making a run for acceptance in America by pretending to offer stability to our uncertainties. Our President is emerging as a reformer of Islam. To make Islam conducive to our culture, he must eliminate the influence of Al’Qaeda, the Taliban or the Iranian Shiites. Should he succeed in making Islam more suitable, particularly for Western women, we might be inadvertently placing our trust in a contemporary Islam in America.

The belief that this cannot happen in America because The Hebrew Christian God shall not allow it is presumptuous. Our moral, political and religious conditions have created an unavoidable climate for such changes. What had happened to the people during the time of Daniel is happening to us. Daniel in chapter eleven made some interesting observations during change. It is based on deception, intrigue and betrayal. At first the people are anxious to trust in a system that promises change and stability. They are unaware that the system has its own agenda and has no interest in solving the nation’s problems. The system’s policies are such that shall coerce the people into servitude. It is all happening under the protection of a nation’s revised Constitution. This religious system does not sacrifice its’ principles as did the contemporized Jews and Christians. It knows no separation between Church and State. Traditional Judaism and Christianity are troubling even to a contemporary Islam. It should be very revealing what the next move of our President shall be?

Conflict will result because neither of these great faiths can be contemporized. Ultimately, we cannot sell our soul for thirty pieces of silver. Islam may subdue American Christians (Rev.17: 17), but it will not replace Jesus the Christ and His Church (Mt.16: 18). Already we have more professing Christians in China than we have in the U.S.A. Those faithful to Christ are not afraid to give their lives to save their souls (Mt.10: 28). They will not forsake their Master who gave his life for another that took and still takes lives. Jesus concurred with Daniel that before things shall get better they would become worse (Mt.24: 9-25). Those that will withstand the mark of the Anti-Christ (Rev.13: 9-11), they would inherit Jesus’ kingdom (Lk.12: 32). After the desolation (hopefully not of this nation), the heavenly armies of Christ will triumph (Rev.19: 11-21). And it will not be by contemporary ideologies or methodologies. The Word of the Lord shall become sharper than a two-edged sword (Heb.4: 12; Rev.1: 16; 19: 15)