Christians What is Normal? We need a New Normal
Christians Need a NEW NORMAL
By Prov. C.
I remember enjoying television as a child. Among my favorite sitcoms were: Cosby Show, A Different World, What’s Happening Now, Good Times, Amen, 227, Family Ties, Growing Pains, Punky Brewster, Alf, Different Strokes, Family Matters, Webster, Home Improvement, Fresh Prince of Bel Air . . . and others. I also LOVED Happy Days, The Jeffersons, Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver, I love Lucy . . . many of the sitcoms my parents loved.
I remember every now and then sneaking to watch Lavern and Shirley when my mom wasn’t home. I know it wasn’t right. I confess, I’m not perfect and the show was funny to me! She forbade us from watching that show because my mother believed the content was too inappropriate for my young eyes and ears. Just let that sink in for a minute. Lavern and Shirley was considered inappropriate not even a whole generation ago because the some of the content was sexually suggestive and risqué! There were a few other shows in that category. The Benny Hill Show comes to mind. However, slowly but surely, more and more shows became risqué until the risqué were no longer risqué but normal.
Fast forward to today, Lavern and Shirley would be rated “G” by today’s television standards. Today, sex outside of marriage, single parents, disobedient and disrespectful children, sexually active teenagers, alternative lifestyles . . . THIS is the NEW NORMAL. Even people in the Church, Christians, have adapted to the new normal, and many of us no longer take active measures to guard ourselves from the influences of modern culture. We watch and laugh at raunchy movies and jokes, myself included. We listen to music about sex and cheating. We give Hollywood a nice portion of our wealth to see movies that promote wholesale sin. Sex, lies, drugs, cheating, betrayal, scandal, murder, crime, filth . . . We love it!
I am not implying that the sins that embody say . . . sexual immorality for example, are exclusive to this generation, because they are nothing new. However, our willingness to accept them and celebrate them is a clear sign that we are off course. We’ve become indifferent to sins such as fornication (sex between to people who are not married) and adultery, and have accepted the new normal in which fornication and adultery are accepted behaviors. They occur so frequently even among members in the church that these sins are rarely preached against. And we wonder why homosexual behavior is prominent, even in the church. We’ve let sin in the camp. We’ve accepted wicked behaviors as normal. The Bible says, “What do righteousness and wickedness have in common? What fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). Can both light and darkness occupy the same space?
Music, television, Hollywood, and famous figures have been demonically influenced to move fornication and adultery into the normal realm. The same influences—music, television, Hollywood, famous and political figures—are working together moving homosexuality into the normal realm. Homosexuality is the NEW new normal. There is even a sitcom promoting such a lifestyle bearing the same name, the New Normal. Once we’ve totally embraced the New new normal as normal, what will be the next new normal?
The Church has an obligation to protest sin and warn against sin so that people will understand and recognize what God says concerning our sin and know sin’s remedy—Jesus. We should be leading people to Christ so that though they may sin, they will not die in their sin . . . though they may sin, they will not make a habit of sin . . . though they may sin, they will not glorify and celebrate sin.
We should be leading because the Bible says we, believers, are salt and light. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16). But it is difficult to lead people out of darkness with a dimly lit light. It is even more difficult for people to find their way out of darkness when they can see no light. People cannot see the Jesus in us when we’re so engulfed in sin that we can barely see our own way. People cannot see God in us when we’re so indifferent to sin that we tolerate, celebrate, and partake in it.
In Scripture, we are warned not to have fellowship with the world: Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:4-10).
We are not perfect but we are His and so we ought to behave as such—loving what God loves—hating what God hates. Christians, we need a new normal, one where God is supreme and His ways are our ways. We need a normal where all sin is cast down, not just the few.