We are starting a recurring series of articles and videos around a principle we are calling I-520. The name comes from the book of Isaiah 5:20 where we read,
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”
In this series we are after one essential question, “What line does society have to cross for the people of God to realize that Christ has no partnership with Belial (2 Cor. 6:14-15)? It is not extreme to state that our society is moving further and further away from Biblical norms. Positions and values that were once considered taboo and inappropriate are now accepted as commonplace in our culture. On one level this should not be a surprise for Christians. Afterall, Jesus did say, “Because you are not of the world...the world hates you” (John 15:19).
Still, living through and watching the decline of morality in a civilization makes the reality of Jesus words all the more painful.
We no longer live in a “Christian” nation, it is debatable if we ever did. Biblical values are not only rejected by the society at large, but are actively opposed. What is good as seen as evil and what is evil as seen as good. Yet, far too many believers live with rose colored glasses and pretend that light can still have fellowship with darkness. At what point will the church finally say, “Our society has gone too far”? Will we wait for innocent children to start being slaughtered for the sake of convenience? Will we wait for homosexuality to be normalized to the point where it is considered healthy to raise children in a homosexual household? Will we wait for the sex of a human being to be decided by the subjective feelings of an individual instead of the objective biological bodies they are born with?
Wait a moment! All those have come and gone. Unfortunately, because of our perverse longing to be accepted by the world the church has barely made a whimper. When will the church stop placating our society and start preaching truth? When will parents stop pretending that the schools we are sending our children to do not exist to indoctrinate them with anti-Christian values? When is enough, enough?
In this recurring series we will examine how prevalent this I-520 principle is and how the people of God can faithfully raise our children in an I-520 culture.