2 Timothy 3: 1-5 says, “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves, and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.”
I have been thinking about this passage a lot lately. It’s scary to think of how alike the American society is to this. Just walk on the street and look around. Look around at the people you work with, go to school with, even go to church with. Yet, you don’t even have to go that for. Really, all people have to do is turn on the TV and they will find multiple examples of what is talked about in these verses in either news programs or television shows. To me, this is terrifying because, I detest living in a culture that is so self-centered. Of course not everyone is like this. But as a young person with seemingly my whole life ahead of me, I don’t want to live in this type of society.
Verse 5 in this passage says, “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” In the NIV version, this verse reads, “having a form of godliness, but denying its power.” This is where the so-called “Christians” come in. I read an article a couple of months ago in a popular magazine, which I forget the name of. However, the article has stuck with me and is something I think of often. The article basically described the American church today. It said that a growing number of American Christians don’t actually believe the Bible. They go to church just to go, but they don’t believe what is taught. They actually think those who do believe are weird. So is that what we’ve become? A bunch of people with religion, a form of godliness, but rejecting and denying that power to make us godly? My heart broke for the American church that day. It breaks nearly everyday when I think of the state we are in.
Despite all this, my prayer is that God will open our eyes to see how we are hurting those around us. I pray that He will help us see.
And I pray that Christians will learn to recognize the importance of Jesus and the Bible.