Few would question that this nation is falling apart morally. Just a glance at the headlines on a couple of the more popular news websites will serve as proof:
Planned Parenthood President tweets video saying women need abortions for Valentine’s Day
70 million American’s taking mind altering drugs
College football player may become first publicly gay player in NFL
In light of the deplorable moral condition of our nation, the questions many believers choke out in anger are:
· “Why isn’t the evangelical church speaking up against such things?”
· ”Why doesn’t the church demonstrate a superior moral backbone?”
I got a partial answer to these questions the other day in a most unlikely place. When I went by a local church in my neighborhood, these words leaped out at me from their outdoor sign:
Make Jesus your 2014 resolution!
At first, it seemed okay and even a little cute, but the more I thought about it, the angrier I became. Jesus now became just another New Year’s Resolution along with losing weight, stopping smoking or drugs, discontinuing procrastination, lessening cursing, or budgeting money.
To presuppose one can take up Jesus or put him aside at will is crassly unbiblical and borders on blasphemy. Does this mean that if I don’t want to take Jesus in 2014, there’s always 2015? Jesus is not at our whim or disposal anytime we might like to “try” him as this sign indicates.
How in the world can the church unashamedly represent Jesus as just another New Year’s Resolution when Scripture represents Him as God: “But unto the Son he says, Thy throne O God, is forever and ever . . .” (Hebrews 1:8); as Creator “For by him were all things created . . .” (Colossians 1:16); as Judge “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ . . .” (Romans 2:16) as One who is able to forgive sins “And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48)?
Shame on us for falling so low as to trivialize the Lord of Glory as just another New Year’s resolution! It’s no wonder the church has no clout in present society. Such a profane reference to Jesus indicates either a serious doctrinal error or a complete ignorance of the biblical teaching about Jesus. Whichever it is, this sign board is a terrible commentary on the contemporary church and is a symptom of the serious sickness within. Jesus is not just another New Year’s resolution but – God Almighty.
By Kenneth O. Peterman, Ph.D.