On the day of Pentecost, when the Lord’s church was established, Peter preached a sermon that was followed by 3,000 baptisms. The Bible tells us that after encouraging the crow to repent and be baptized, “with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation!’”
Apparently we aren’t the only generation in the past 2,000 years or so to get a few things wrong. As the early church was set apart from the wickedness of popular culture in the Roman Empire, are we setting ourselves apart from that which is amiss in the 21st century?
Ours is a culture of intense individualism. Each person chooses their own path, rises or falls by their own merits, and considers the needs of others as secondary. What about you? Do you look out not merely for your own interests, but also for the interests of others (Philppians 2:4)? Are you helping to build a loving community in Christ? Are you making sure others are not falling through the cracks?
Ours is a culture that misuses technology. The power of modern technology for good or for evil is immense. It has been suggested that man is no more wicked than ever before, though he continues to invent more sophisticated means to his wicked ends. How will you, the Christian, use the convenience, privacy, mobility, anonymity, availability, and scope of content and features provided by technology?
Ours is a culture crazy for entertainment. Sports, television, film, and video games are all multibillion dollar industries, with film bringing in over a half a trillion dollars a year. What does your spending reveal about your priorities? What about the use of your time? How many times have we spent a couple of hours watching TV or browsing the internet, only to realize that we are exhausted and go to bed without so much as 15 minutes for the Creator?
Will you be saved from this perverse generation? Can a Christian be faithful in such a wealthy, self-centered society? “With man, it is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).”