Greg Gordon On Surviving in Christianity’s New Dark Age
by Greg Gordon
“This is what the ancients were commended for.” – Hebrews 11:2
Many philosophers, christian theologians and prophetic men are speaking of Western civilization entering into a new dark age similar to the medieval dark ages. Human history has been short, fickle and full of uncertainty and the time of darkening upon the world should concern us as christian believers.
Arthur W. Hunt says, “We cannot ignore the parallels between the Dark Ages and our own time. The great irony of our age is that for all our technological prowess we are remarkably less articulate, less civil, and more irrational than we were 100 or even 200 years ago. The technological shift from the printed word to the visual image is pulling us back into the Dark Ages.”
Morality changes with no girting in reality or reason are just one of the signs of the times. The Church has survived a dark age before and the Lord says that Satan will not overthrow the Church, so we are certain to make it through this coming one.
Rod Dreher, the author of The Benedict Option says, “We see ourselves as living in the ruins (though very comfortable ones!) of Christian civilization, and tasked with preserving the living faith through the coming Dark Ages.”
Evangelical Christianity has never had so much knowledge, resources, programs and helps. Yet never has there been such a lack of godly wisdom being lived out in moral character and godliness. We live in an information knowledge based age with very little ability to gain wisdom in the midst of it. We know all the facts about faith but need to have a “living faith” that is displayed before the world.
One might say, “Why worry about these things and make a big deal about it?”
Yet look at our lives, how shallow, plastic, pleasure oriented, materialistic, self-centered. We are living for the present world in many ways in the modern Church and things of eternity are not gripping us. We can test ourselves in one way to ask ourselves the question, “Am I living for the present pleasures and comforts or for a future eternity and eternal purpose of God in my daily actions?”
We can look to Hebrews chapter 11 as a light in the midst of the coming darkness. There are a lineage of men in the history of mankind that walked in the light and left us a path to follow.
The ancients were men of faith so their decisions revolved around “what is to come” (Hebrews 11:10). They “longed” (Hebrews 11:16) for something better then the present world. They caught the real reality of God willing to “prepare a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16) and therefore they gladly forfeited what all other men seek after here below.
SOURCE: Christian Post
Greg Gordon is the founder of SermonIndex.net, which was established in 2002. He is also the author of “The Following of Christ” and other books.