What are we allowing this country to become?
By GARY ANDREWS
Not so long ago my wife and I were able to spend a few days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. At our age our biggest adventure was spending time in Epcot and for most of our visit this was very educational and beneficial. The only down turn to this trip was our visit to the show that talked about the energy of the earth. The show was good and factual, I assume, with exception of one item and this is when the hosts told us the earth and the solar system were formed from the big bang theory.
Being a Christian this was completely out of line because I believe the Bible to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God. I am saddened to see a family oriented theme park promote the non-Christian values that man has come up with. I often wonder if Walt Disney were still alive would his theme parks promote such anti-Christian movements and cave in to the world’s desires instead of what our country was built on.
Disney World is a beautiful park and attracts millions of people from around the world. During our trip is was very evident that many people from other countries were here enjoying the sights and shows of America’s beloved theme park, because not many of them spoke our English language. I often wonder if their business from American tourist is off because of the stand they have taken from worldly values instead of Christian values. What made the energy show even more disappointing is to see television icon Ellen DeGeneres as hostess throughout the program and a promoter of the big bang theory.
I firmly believe that we as Christians are turning our backs on the generations that will come behind us. What is the United States going to be like in the next 25 years? Will our grandchildren even have a chance to voice their Christian views in this humanistic, unethical, immoral environment?
We as Christians have dropped the ball because of our lackadaisical attitudes and non-involvement theories. Where in the Bible does it tell us to remain silent and allow Satan to run rampant over the land and the people? For the past 50 years many of us have stood silent and let the humanistic approach take hold of our schools, our governments, and for some instances, our churches. Going to a theme park is a privilege and the opportunity of sharing the Christian faith is not barred from these outlets. It is a sad day when we as Christians, and I am as guilty as anyone, support these parks without speaking our peace about Christianity and telling all of these visitors about the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
We need to remember what we are told in Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Many of us are not doing this because we are missing the blessing of going to our knees and talking to God about what He would have us to do. Even if we do pray consistently about this, the prayer has no effect until we put feet and speech to it.
Prayer: Father guide me in the way you want me to go. Help me to have the strength to stand up and speak up against the world and to tell others about your Saving Grace. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday – Ephesians 6:10-20; Monday – Joshua 24:14-15; Tuesday – Hebrews 1:10-12; Wednesday – Jeremiah 33:19-26; Thursday – Matthew 11:25-30; Friday – Lamentations 1:9-14; Saturday – Psalm 36:1-12.)
Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website www.gadevotionals. com.