The trajectory of our society projects to a grim future. Just consider one example. In 1965 Daniel Moynihan, then the Assistant Secretary of Labor and later a U. S. Senator, wrote a report that analyzed how the breakdown of the family was decimating the African American community. He pointed to the high rate of out of wedlock births as the primary culprit. We see the results today in that community where there is so much crime, where so many men are in prison and where poverty rages. Here’s an ominous fact: in 1965 when Moynihan sounded the alarm the out of wedlock birth rate in the black community was over 25%. The out of wedlock birth rate for all births in the United States in 2012 was 40.1%, considerably higher than that 1965 rate. I do not think it out of line to suggest that this reality projects to a grim future for our society. The sexual revolution and the blight it brings with it is going to come home to roost.
It both encourages me and challenges me when I remember that the early Christians faced a culture more degraded and more hostile than ours by a good bit. They lived in a world that had no idea of what their faith was about and who had never heard of this person, Jesus of Nazareth. But they stayed faithful and they followed Jesus. It was often costly, but they did not waver. The result was that they changed the world. Were it not for them and their faithfulness we would not be following Jesus today. So while it may be discouraging when we look at what has been happening in our society, when we step back and see the big picture of the history of God’s kingdom, it is more than encouraging. It is inspiring, for we too are children of God, pioneers of a new humanity, founders of a new Kingdom.