Reading the Signs

Christ Jesus rebuked those who did not see what was going on in their time. He said, "Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?" Luke 12:56; Could it be that the problem many churches face today is not so much outward events, attitudes, or trends of human thought, but failure of church people to "discern this time"?

Ask a group of active church people why they are faced with decreasing support of church activities, and the answer is usually accelerated materialism. Less interest in organized religion is equated with mankind's greater involvement in material activities. The trend toward new concepts of morality, marriage, and family is given as added evidence of growing materialism. It is as though a great flood were coming—waters of materialism rising and the church searching for an ark.

Needed: A Good Shake-up
August 30, 1975

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