The debate continues with the passing of our new Marriage Equality Bill.

I hear comments like;

”this country is going to the dogs, and God is going to judge us for sitting back.”

There are many who champion the past, and how the “good old days” were soaked in godliness.

There are things of the past I would like to bring back, such as leaving the windows down on the car while you went shopping. Our modern world has definitely risen in crime, murders, burglaries and the list goes on. But let us not delude ourselves about the past, that we in the great West behaved as one big godly family.

History tells us;

America murdered American Indians and African slaves,Australia killed Aborigines,New Zealand slaughtered Maori.

We progressed.

In the 60’s black Americans were finally allowed to attend Universities. Aborigines were allowed to register as Australian voters in 1960’s. Maori language went from the dominant language in early 19th century, to being banned in schools from the 1860’s, with the attempt to revive itself some 100 years later.

But we have moved on.

Today people are getting convicted for 50 year old cases of incest and rape. From the 1970’s to date NZ have aborted nearly ½ a million babies. Leaders from the church were molesting young boys and girls, hiding behind “the church”. The past is now being revealed at an alarming rate.

The New Testament also seems to struggle with the same issues of racism and ungodly behaviour (Galatians 2 & 5).

The point I’m making is that sin and injustice have always been in our camps.

Why expect any thing different in the world which has an enemy that likes to kill, steal and destroy (Jn 10:10)?

Do we then just sit back and let it all happen? Absolutely not,

but we need to be clear about, “what and who” it is that we are up against.

Jesus is calling us to take back the ground we have lost. Jesus is calling us to influence with good and God’s love.

Over the next month we will be looking at the way disciples can win battles in a polluted world. Jesus is calling us to fight, not as the world, but as His disciples.

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Pastor Ed