Light on Planet Bizarro
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket…
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” [Matthew 5:14-16]
There’s much going on in the news today, wouldn’t you say? Looking through the lens of orthodox Christianity, it would seem we’ve left planet earth and landed on Bizarro World – that weird place where everything seems to be the opposite of what a sane person might anticipate. Everything from negotiating a nuclear deal with a country determined to eradicate America, to suicide bombers and beheadings, to a culture expelling traditional values as quickly as possible…
It’s obvious from many polls on the subject that, for the most part, our culture just doesn’t care much about what the church has to say. And where the church does stand its ground in today’s environment, it is seen as bigoted and out of touch with the mainstream.
In the midst of all this, it is important that we remember God has never called the church to take part in something easy. T-shirts and bumper stickers of fish swimming against the flow used to be popular – not so much any more. There was a time when witnessing to your faith was normal, even expected. Now, we have to sift our words through a politically correct sieve to be sure as to not offend someone. The culture has always assumed Christians should be tolerant of its behavior. Today, that has evolved into a war on our faith if tolerance doesn’t get in line and become acceptance.