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If you’re married, you need to read this article by R.C. Sproul, Jr.! Please read it. You’ll be glad you did.

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Along with R.C. Sproul, Jr. and many others, I’m very concerned about the downward slide of our nation and culture. We’re rapidly leaving our biblical and Christian roots and foundation – to our detriment and destruction. Here are some of R.C.’s thoughts:

As the culture has been moving more vehemently into an aggressive secularism we are witnessing the steady erasure of the unwritten rules. We have moved from being the dominant cultural force to being the norm, to being oddities, and we are swiftly on our way to becoming pariahs. This, we would be wise to remember, is yet well short of what our brothers suffer in Muslim communist countries. We don’t want to be the church that cried persecution.

That said, we would be wise to, even as we seek to make known the glory of the reign of Christ over all things, get used to the new normal. It is not easy giving up privileges we once took for granted. The broader culture no longer recognizes our day of rest, and so many of us are expected to work, or to get our children to the game. It no longer recognizes the our holy days, so now Turkey Day opens the Winter Holiday Season, and “Merry Christmas”  is now less than a greeting, more a political statement. The broader culture finds our sexual morality not just silly and old-fashioned but oppressive and demeaning.

While I long for and labor for a day when all men everywhere acknowledge the Lordship of Christ over all things, the loss of these privileges comes with a great blessing, the giving of a greater privilege – we are now hated and despised for His name’s sake.

Or are we? It will not be long, I suspect, before those who believe marriage is between one man and one woman will have all the cultural respect as a member of the KKK. Will the church be telling us to soften on this issue, not to talk about it, so accommodate the broader world for the sake of soul-winning? If so, we will have sold our own soul. Jesus was rather clear – if we were of this world, the world would love its own. But we have been bought with a price (John 15:19). Pray that we don’t sell our birthright of persecution for the pottage of respectability.

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R.C. Sproul, Jr. was asked a great question. His answer ended up in the series of blog posts called Ask R.C. Here’s the great question: “R.C. If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself when you were 18”? Read it and think about what you’d tell yourself.

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“What are your thoughts on Genesis 6:1-5, the sons of God marrying the daughters of men”? That was the question asked of R.C. Sproul, Jr. which became the subject of one of his “Kingdom Notes.” The answer he gave is good, not just because I agree with it, but because of the implications he drew from it.

Genesis 6:1-2 reads, “Now it came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.” Verse 4 reads, “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.” 

Sproul rejects the view that “the sons of God” were fallen angels (or demons) who had sex with women and produced a half-breed race, as do I. Then he explains what he thinks is going on in this episode:

When we consider the context of this text we can better understand what Moses is explaining. In previous chapters we are given a glimpse of two competing lines, the godly line of Seth and the wicked line of Cain. Having established the antithesis in the garden, after affirming that there would be a constant struggle between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent we are given snapshot pictures of each of these armies. We see Seth’s line about the business of exercising dominion, in submission to the Lord. We see Cain’s line dishonoring the law of God and making names for themselves. But the future is not mere coexistence between the two lines. The drama builds toward the great crisis of Noah’s flood right here in chapter 6. The great change, what creates the great downward spiral of humanity on the earth is that the two lines come together as one. That is, the godly line of Seth, the sons of God, seeing how attractive are the daughters of men, the wicked line of Cain, decide to take them as wives. The end result, however, isn’t mere dilution. It’s not that the now joined lines becomes morally lukewarm, but that evil spreads, grows, deepens. This shouldn’t surprise us for as Chuck Swindoll reminds us, if you drop a white glove in the mud, the mud doesn’t get all glovey.

What we see is salt losing its savor. We see what becomes of intermarrying not with a different race, but a different covenant, or a different faith. What we see is what happens when we are unequally yoked. Nothing, of course, has changed. When the children of God find the world attractive, when we determine to yoke ourselves to it, calamity comes. The world does not get any better, but the church, no longer a light on the hill, becomes much worse, and darkness falls  upon the land. We are no longer useful for anything and find ourselves trampled upon the ground.

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R.C. Sproul, Jr. has some good things to say about being needed, but realizing that we’re not necessary. You can read it here. It will make you think, as most of what R.C., Jr. writes.

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After hearing an opposing player drop the “f-bomb” at his daughter’s soccer game, R.C. Sproul, Jr. offered some thoughts on the origin and motivation of this kind of appalling speech. Here’s part of what he said:

I suspect the little girl is actually being raised by popular culture. Movies, music, television, video games have all shaped the discourse of those who consume them. We speak what we hear. When what goes in our ears is a sneering, cynical, angry stew, what comes out of our mouths is sneering, cynical, angry words.

Someone once noted the hypocrisy of television executives who trudge down to Washington and appear before Congressional hearings, promising that all the sex and violence doesn’t impact people’s behavior. These same men then meet with advertisers and promise that commercials can change people’s behavior. The forty minutes of programming won’t change a thing, The twenty minutes of advertising will change everything. They can’t have it both ways.

The truth is we are responsible for what we do. No one can stand before God and declare, “NBC made me do it.” The truth is, however, that media matter, and even our most sophisticated worldview grids do not make sludge safe to drink. Our discourse has grown coarse because we drink from the sewers of pop culture.

We spiritualize our self-poisoning, because we are poisoned. We think we have to be hip to this new band, or play that video game so that we can be relevant, so we can reach the lost. The truth is, the lost are reaching us. As Charles Swindoll once said, “If you drop a white glove in the mud, the mud doesn’t get all ‘glovey.'” The world doesn’t need us to become more like them. “Gritty, edgy, real” is just Christian for “geek who wants to fit in.”

We don’t need salty language to be salt, nor dark language in order to bring light. We need instead to speak the language of heaven. To learn to speak that language, we need to learn to hear it – to read God’s Word, to sing His psalms, to meditate on His promises. Then grace will flow from our lips.

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Should Christians be on Facebook?

Obviously a lot of Christians, including myself, are on Facebook – so you already know our answer. But how should we be on Facebook may be the better question. R.C. Sproul, Jr. gives some excellent food for thought. Read it and see what you think.

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