Today we will focus on the role of the church as a moral compass. The stability of the church is that its teachings are not based on what Gallup, Barna, or Pew Research, are saying, but are based on scripture. Jesus is the Rock on which the church stands, and like a lighthouse, the church is a point of reference, or a beacon of light, in a dark, storm-tossed, and ever-shifting world. The world lacks an anchor point for their moral standards, and as a result, we have seen major shifts in what is morally acceptable in a relatively short period of time.
Matters like salvation, modesty, sexuality, and gender identity, are matters on which the Bible has a voice, and the church has a role, although it is coming under increasing pressure to abandon that role, of clearly, yet compassionately, declaring what the Bible teaches. By doing so, the church is a moral compass, or point of reference, that is unchanging in a changing world.
The problem is that in the public arena, public opinion has replaced the Bible and the church as the moral voice. And since morality is foundational to a society’s stability, that is why our culture is all over the map and is suffering the consequences of that instability.
Regardless of the moral decline, this is a just the type of situation where the church can have its greatest influence. For where is it that revival can have its greatest impact? If the past is any predictor of the future, it has been in places were sin has abounded. And that is exactly what the scripture declares:
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
So let the church rise up and be the church. It is not time to change our message to match the world. Now is not the time to abandon truth. The church will remain standing while the consequences of sin are wreaking havoc in the world. And the church will stand with open arms as agents of God’s grace, to receive those torn apart and needing a Redeemer. And this compass—the church—always points true north—upward to Jesus.