Picture a society where people had little or no restraint, sex with whomever
regardless of relationship, addictions out of control, people out of work and
partying between drinking bouts, high unemployment, abandonment of children, elevated sickness and accidents, fear of criminals, fear of foreign involvement and disruption of your own nation, educational standards down, high taxes….need I go on?
Politics was unsteady; people in power had no concern for the citizens,
foreigners were messing with their government, and there was rampant
corruption. That is the world Yahshua was born into.
And he changed everything. He said sex was only between legally married
males and females, in accord with Old Testament laws. He said sin must be dealt with in order to have fellowship with the Yahweh of the Universe. He said Yahweh would provide a way out of this dissipation and depravity because of a sacrifice for sins that Yahweh alone would provide. And he said this was for all mankind not just the Jews. Every evil indulged in was condemned; every idol to be destroyed, every government of man to be changed by the changed hearts of new believers.
He was blamed, and his followers, the New Testament church was blamed for “turning the world upside down.”
From the Phillips translation: Acts 17:6 The Message
On three Sabbath days he argued with them from the scriptures, explaining
and quoting passages to prove the necessity for the death of Christ and his
rising again from the dead. “This Yahshua whom I am proclaiming to you,” he
concluded, “is God’s Christ!” Some of them were convinced and threw in their
lot with Paul and Silas, and they were joined by a great many believing Greeks
and a considerable number of influential women. But the Jews, in a fury of
jealousy, got hold of some of the unprincipled loungers of the market-place,
gathered a crowd together and set the city in an uproar. Then they attacked
Jason’s house in an attempt to bring Paul and Silas out before the people. When they could not find them they hustled Jason and some of the brothers before the civic authorities, shouting, “These are the men who have turned the world upside down and have now come here, and Jason has taken them into his house.
What is more, all these men act against the decrees of Caesar, saying that
there is another king called Yahshua!” By these words the Jews succeeded in
alarming both the people and the authorities, and they only released Jason and the others after binding them over to keep the peace.
And that is precisely what we have again today. The newspapers and
television may not be telling the public this, but across the planet there is
war, riots, unrest, migrants fleeing from one country to another, and being
told they cannot enter in most cases. There are governments killing their own people such as North Korea, Syria, and Iran is in turmoil approaching civil war.
A world in turmoil
China has jailed a large number of religious people, killed many
(est.250,000) and sold their organs for surgical procedures for those who could afford a new kidney or whatever. Placid little Norway is being charged with snatching children from the homes of parents who do not “agree with the government” usually home schoolers. Britain has spent two years fighting over leaving the European Union and only now has finally made a decision about their future, with many people still resistant. This decision will have far reaching economic reprisals.
German citizens are fleeing Islamic migrants to their home country to live in Hungary. Many refugees are stopped at the border as they leave the war torn Middle East. Islamic raids and murders continue to plague the upper one third of the continent of Africa. Mexico appears to be run by drug lords. 10,000 Christians every year are killed for their beliefs.
So if we have a Christian revival it would indeed turn the world upside down – which is where it needs to be. And if this is going to happen it must start with the churches. This is the Churches’ hour to stand for decency, civility, morality and responsibility. 2020 will tell us if this is going to happen or not.
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