The Critical Problem of our Day
The critical problem of our day is not any crisis on earth, but a crisis in Heaven. God is a God who is jealous of His holiness – but our society is one which delights to defile the holy. From sex to family to adulthood to church to nature to the very name of God, we have defiled every holy thing which a righteous God has given to us. We do not even blink when someone takes the Lord’s name in vain – it is acceptable speech in a PG movie, and we have conveniently shortened it to three letters, so we can mock God without over-working our thumbs. The crucial problem of our day is not that we eat to much, fight too much, believe in ourselves too little, or even that we love too little. Rather, the problem is that we are engaged every day, and almost every moment in a suicidal war against the holiness of God. Woe to us – we are a people of unclean lips! And sooner or later, each one of us will appear before the Holy God of Heaven. The sin of man, and the anger of God against our sins, is THE problem, the crucial and essential problem which Jesus came to save us from. It is the problem of humankind, and it is the critical problem of our day, whether we see it and recognize it or not…
For more on this topic, see my recent sermon: « Taking God Seriously » in my sermons podcast.