Encroaching Darkness Needs Light
Encroaching Darkness Needs Light
Written By David E. Smith   |   06.15.17

We live in a divided and contentious culture where traditional Judeo-Christian values are rejected for humanistic ideals and cultural Marxism. Last Saturday morning IFI received two emails that demonstrate this dichotomy:

Laura from Crystal Lake sent this in response to our weekly email newsletter: “Wow these are just awful links. It’s amazing how much hate Illinois Family Action spews. Clearly not a Christian group because God would be ashamed of you.

One minute later, James from Rockford sent this email to us: “Thank you for all of your articles about family issues. It’s nice to know that someone is speaking out for us. Who would have thought fifty years ago that such an organization would be necessary? Sad.

The need for Christians to intentionally engage the culture is growing more urgent. This resolve must begin in our own homes and with our own families. Impressing the truth of God and His Word on our children and grandchildren must be our first priority (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) . Developing a solid Christian worldview in our local churches is second (Romans 12:2).

I believe this will then lead to the cultural engagement the world desperately needs. We cannot ignore this reality: the false gods (i.e., lies) of our culture have deeply influenced our families and our churches (Ephesians 6:12).

Without the light of Christ’s people, the society in which we work and raise our families will increasingly and swiftly grow dark. If we want our faith to influence our culture, we must be intentional about living and teaching it to our children and grandchildren (James 1:22). And we must preach and teach truth and in our churches  (2 Timothy 4:2). In so doing, we will fulfill the second great commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).

This challenge to live godly in this present age isn’t easy, but it is possible only with the help of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26; Ephesians 3:16).

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David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 25 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. David has 20-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. From 1996 – 2004, he worked as an aide to a City of Chicago Alderman.  During that time, he was a volunteer decency advocate for the group Citizens...
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