Warning: broad generalizations ahead.
I have been thinking about how godlessness is so normal now. We have made a world where life without God is normal and a person who believes, loves and serves a god, especially the God of the bible is an oddity and to be held in suspicion and disgrace and thought at least a fool but more likely, a villain.
We binged on one of my favorite shows, Longmire and after several episodes where the good guy wins I began to wonder what it is that makes him good? There is no mention of God, the bible or any standard of morality, and yet, every episode is a moral conflict. I understand the conflict and what the moral choice should be but I have a standard to live by. The characters have nothing to base their decisions on.
Satan on the other hand is very popular this season. He is represented in several TV shows. According to our culture the devil is more normal than a christian. I haven’t watched it but there is a show called Lucifer. Maybe it’s about Cinderella’s cat. I don’t think so though.
Could it be that there is a plan to desensitize us to the person of Satan? To make him a fictional character, at the whim of some slick hollywood writers? to make him normal and to make God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit odd?
I am also seeing so many revisionist story lines where the character that we grew up believing is the bad guy suddenly becomes the much maligned and misunderstood good guy. Wicked the musical comes to mind as well as Maleficent.
Is this all part of some grand evil plot?
Yes. Yes it is.
“28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Christians beware and be alert and be filled with the love of Jesus for this fallen and broken world that we live in. We aren’t here to condemn, but to offer forgiveness in Jesus.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 – NIV