A Word from Our President
It is common for people to take the easy way, the path of least resistance. They allow themselves to be blown along with the prevailing cultural wind, whether in fashion, sports, art, music, politics, or sadly, ethics and morals. Taking no thought to their course or direction, they follow along with the current trends because it is easier to “go with the flow.”
When bad things happen or when they realize that they have ended up somewhere that they never imagined they would be, instead of deeply considering the course of their lives, many merely shrug their shoulders and call it “fate” or “circumstance.” In doing this, they show that they are ruled by the swirling winds of society around them. Rather than exercising control over their lives, they allow those trends to direct their journey through life. They simply refuse to set their GPS and follow a course for a set destination.
If we are to be honest with ourselves, at one time or another, we too have been affected by what is happening in the world. We have allowed ourselves to be driven by the cyclone winds of this society and its standards. Whether we admit it or not, we have been affected by our culture’s television, movies, fashion, politics, and even religion.
We have been called to come out of this world. God wants us to find a course contrary to the normal way of life that seems right to those in the world. The gale-force winds of this Satan-inspired world sweep millions along in their intense velocity. It is beating against us all the time, and the struggle to resist is wearying. Out of sheer exhaustion, some give in to these winds and conform to their whispered suggestions. It is especially easy to succumb to them when surround- ed by peers, employers, friends, and neighbors who want us to follow them and their way of thinking. It is just far less stressful to go along.
A trucking company owner and friend recently shared this with me. “I can’t have a conversation anywhere that people don’t feel like giving up — where they don’t feel like every demon has been unleashed. Even people who don’t know God are thinking this way. We can’t give up. I’ve had a good life, and I’m not going to compromise. If it takes me out, then so be it, but I think they want us all to give up. Therefore, we can’t; but it gets harder every day.” Do you feel this way?
The force that is in the world—dominant, popular, and widespread—is contrary to God. If we desire to obey God, we must face it and overcome it, having enough strength to endure its ceaseless, insistent pressure to return to its easy lifestyle.
However, we are not to conform to the course that the world takes. Instead, we are to set our GPS to follow a different route, obeying God and rejecting the popular trends of this world when they disregard His way of life. This means that we must take the time to consider and decide where we want to end up. What is our final destination? Where do we call home? Then, we have to learn to make right choices so that we will one day arrive there. The first being to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.