Matthew records that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for being able to interpret the signs of changes in the weather but not being able to interpret the signs of the times. Similarly, today, the church is slow to interpret the changing morality of the culture around her. I am not talking about the obvious Hollywood elements of the culture. Those are too glaring to miss. Rather, I am talking about the parts of our culture we consider safe: education and sports.
In the book, Instructing a Child’s Heart, Tedd and Margy Tripp argue that we need to understand the influence of the dominate, majority culture around us. We need to use formative instruction to prepare our kids to live in a hostile world. Life is indeed a classroom. We need to heed the warning of this book.
Don’t miss the signs of our times. Education has attempted to teach children what is important in life while dismissing any idea that the God of the Bible should be an integral part of daily instruction. This has led to the ubiquitous moment of silence replacing public prayer to God.
An even more striking example is the worship of the body that underlies our sports culture. One national sports magazine is famous for its swim suit edition. On the magazine’s web page you can find, mixed in with the daily sports news, young women in various stages of undress in provocative poses. In this same section are photos of naked models with swim suits that have been painted on. But no one seems alarmed – it is just swim suits and good male fun.
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