Eight years ago, then Senator Obama was running for President on a platform of “Change.” While I’m not attributing responsibility for all the changes of the last few years to Mr. Obama or his administration, you must have been severely distracted by Words with Friends not to notice that our country and its culture have shifted dramatically in the last few years.
- Our culture’s view of marriage and the family as one man and one woman (plus children) is shifting to include homosexual and polyamorous relationships.
- Our culture’s view of gender itself is shifting from defined by creation, anatomy or genetics to being “self-assigned” and “fluid”.
- Our culture’s view of public servants (police, military, first responders, teachers) is shifting from admiration to adversarial.
I’m not here today to discuss the politics or morality of the above issues. For today, just think about how much things that were near absolutes in our culture only 10-15 years ago have changed, and how quickly it all happened. It’s unsettling how quickly a foundation can crumble away (Psalms 11:3).
If we put our faith in a culture, the culture will change. If we trust in governments or politicians, they will fail us in some way. If our hope is in a certain outcome or a circumstance within our lives either coming into being or disappearing, we will eventually be disappointed. Things just don’t always go our way. That’s life.
But there is good news. A reason to give thanks. Jesus Christ, the God who became man, tells us that He is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:6). He does not change. That means His justice does not change. His love for sinners does not change. His grace extended to find and redeem all those lost does not change. It doesn’t matter how far we run our lives askew of God’s laws because he is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse if we agree with him that we have sinned. (1 John 1:9)
So no matter how much the world around you may change, look today to Jesus, the unchanging one, and find comfort in knowing that his character does not change and His words will always be true.