Why can’t we go back to the good old days? Where has all the morality gone? Why can’t it be like the ’50s again? This line of thinking has reached the ear of the author quite a few times over the past few months. Our culture has undergone a wholesale rejection of the Gospel, and anything having to do with Jesus Christ has been flushed down the toilet. Much of the church has subsequently woken up from it’s close-to-post-mortem slumber and realized that America has become a cesspool of ungodliness. Suddenly, everyone wants to run backwards on a treadmill towards the 1950s and recapture an era where there was more widespread acceptance of Biblical morals. We’re in 2015, not 1950, and God desires for us to move forward without fear into fire instead of wishing to go back half a century. There is an anointing set aside for us in this age, and the church doesn’t have to covet the anointing of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, or ’90s.
Though it’s excruciating to admit, Bible-believing Christians are increasingly becoming the minority in this nation. This sobering reality is stirring up an overflow of panic in the body of Christ. The anxiety is rooted in the mindset that in order to be effective, the church must have widespread popularity and mass appeal to society. This is one of Satan’s favorite trick plays in his playbook, and it’s effective because a portion of the church in America decided to cast its cares into the business world rather than preaching the Gospel. Words like “marketing”, “branding”, and “cultural relevance” have crept into the church podiums, and the places of assembly appear to be aligned more towards a Fortune 500 company than a place of worship. Dare I say some churches in the U.S. fit the format of the temple that Jesus cleared out in John 2:13-22? The early church in Acts didn’t necessarily have the most favorable position in culture (see riots, imprisonment, persecution, & execution), yet it brought droves of lost people to Christ. The difference between then and today is that we’ve substituted technology for the Holy Spirit. Some churches think that if they have a slick enough marketing campaign, then the technology will do the work by itself. This strategy is rooted in the idea of comfort. Much of the body (the author included) has been guilty of choosing to remain in autopilot rather than be stretched by the Holy Spirit. We get comfortable in cruise control, and when the presence of the Holy Spirit seems to be removed, we throw our hands up in self-righteous exasperation as if the Holy Spirit is to blame.
Before we throw in the towel due to frustration, the church must remove the log that we’ve permitted to be lodged in our collective eye. The log reads carnality, pride, and comfort. The antidote has always remained the same: repentance, the blood of Jesus Christ, and the grace of God. The next critical step to get off life support is to seek the Holy Spirit and draw near to His guidance. The Acts church, the model that most Christians esteem today, was incredibly impactful because it walked according to the Spirit. Nothing has changed since then, and the Holy Spirit doesn’t require a LED TV to operate! Now, there is nothing wrong with technology, for it’s an important tool that can reach more eyes and ears. The author is able to conveniently reach people because of it! However, it can never replace the power of the Holy Spirit. The final movement is for the church to cease looking over its shoulder at the “good old’ days” and move into the anointing set aside for us today. The joyful truth is that while we’ve been wishing on a star for the glory days, we’ve missed the fact that we are being called to once again operate just as the Acts church did. All that remains is for us to run our race with our eyes fixed on the author and finisher of our faith!
The end of days is steadily moving towards us and the flood of evil that we see all around us is going to be countered with the rushing wind of the Holy Spirit coming down on us. This is our time now, and while we should always learn from the godly examples of our predecessors, the time for retreating into the past is over. We all must move forward, discerning the times and operating in the patterns of the Acts church. There is an affluence of churches doing this very thing now, and they will be the ones leading the charge as we confront Satan in every corner of the globe. I ask the body that is operating in the power of the Spirit to pray for those churches that have fallen asleep, so that they may take up their cross and run their race in vigor as well. It turns out that the glory days are not behind us but ahead, and the best part of all is that the glory will be going to our Father up in Heaven.
Kevin Cochrane is an eighteen year old writer and blogger with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. His mission is to live by the words he writes and develop his character along with the prose he pens. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.