There was a time when religion was important for everyone. Now, many parts of the world are secular and religion is only a personal choice. This brings problems for believers, whatever they believe in.
This news video is several years old, but the problem has only grown since 2012. Note that it is from Al Jazeera, a news source owned by Muslims. They saw something happening to Christians and they were interested:
I have learned, that there is always a new generation of children, and they will be adults soon. The children that we see in a playground will be voting in a few years. I remember talking to a pastor in my church, when I was a young man. I don’t remember what I was concerned about, but he told me to look at the little children in Sunday School, and know that they would be running the church in a few years. Their decisions would rule. When he told me that, my big concern got smaller, as I found a new perspective.
He was correct; we are in that future place now, and it didn’t take long. That pastor was a wise man.
The world around us is changing, and most of us don’t see the changes:
Who knew that World War 1 brought the end of the religious world for millions of people?
So, who is our god?
The professor in the video has an interesting perspective. We always worship something, and if we ignore the God of Heaven, we will attach ourselves to something else. We are never really secular or godless; we only change to new gods.
This change to new gods is happening in our whole world, and we should not be surprised when the wave rolls over others. I remember walking through a mall, where the target audience seemed to be mostly teenage girls with rich parents. The shops were filled with fashion things they wanted, and I was mostly immune. I am cheap, and I was not moved to buy anything. As I walked, I saw a little girl. She had dark skin, and a Muslim head covering, and she was probably from an African immigrant family. She stared at a poster of teen girls in expensive clothes, looking very happy at a beach, and she didn’t move. She appeared frozen in front of that image of a secular god.
At the time I thought, her strict religious parents were going to have some loud arguments when she became a teenage girl. She was being converted to the gods of secularism and she probably wouldn’t come back.
That little girl was typical for Muslims in her generation. The shift in many parts of the Middle East is described as “huge” and those children will be making the important decisions soon:
We should be ready for the change.
The Bible is very clear about us, we never choose nothing. There is always a god to serve:
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15)
We don’t drift with the current, we choose, and the place where we find ourselves is a place that we chose. That’s how I became a Christian; one day I made a choice. God can make an appeal, but we own the decision. Around the world, people are choosing many things, and we will have a different world in one generation.
The question is the same for everyone; What god do you choose?
Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. (Psalm 25: 12 to 15)