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Moral Minority

Last week the BBC reported that for the first time, a child in Canada was born and had no sex listed on the birth certificate. The "parent" said the baby should have the chance to grow up and choose its gender, and the doctors had no right to declare it a male or female in the paperwork.

I once declared my status as a creationist on Facebook. The only negative responses came from seminary friends -- colleagues in ministry -- who offered to "fix" my "worldview problem" and convert me to evolution.

This fall, the Supreme Court will hear the case of a Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay "wedding" and was prosecuted for a hate crime. Similarly a food website advised people last month to stay away from Chick-fil-A because of its political views and ethics.

Abortion, same-sex "marriage," and no-fault divorce are still legal; we still aren't guaranteed healthcare; and our country backed out of a deal to help care for the environment.

If America was ever a Christian nation, we are so no longer. If the world could ever rightly be called Christendom, it can't be any longer. The "Moral Majority" has become a moral minority; biblical teaching has been sidelined both in mainstream America and in the larger world -- and, most frighteningly, in the average church. But we shouldn't be surprised.

Second Thessalonians 2:1-12 teaches us the world will rebel against God in the last days. I'm not usually one for apocalypticism, but the world has rebelled, fallen away, "refused to love the truth" (v. 10). May we live in these last days with love of God and neighbor, continuing on as the moral minority determined to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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