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The title of this article is a saying that has been going around for a while in the Evangelical church. It is a resignation that, despite our efforts, the nation seems to be inevitably headed for the dung heap, and there is nothing we can do about it. Let’s be honest. We have been living in that immoral, lawless dung for some time. I don’t refer to politics. I refer to morality.

Normal is not coming back, but Jesus is. He promised He would. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3). 1

Normal isn’t coming back. No one has ever lived in an age where the Church, or perhaps we should say the so-called church, accepts murder and sexual immorality as routine. “Normal” was once at least a cultural acceptance that both of those sins were to be abhorred.

The sentence, “Normal isn’t coming back,” is a bit light-hearted, but there should be an understanding that leaving “normal” has dire consequences.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Paul described the repercussions of this walk toward death in the first chapter of Romans.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:21).

How do foolish, darkened hearts behave? We have been seeing one aspect of it for some time. Women’s rights outweigh murder. This makes sense to a large percentage of the American population, and those who hold that position are distressed that their right to murder their own children may become illegal. Their foolish hearts are darkened. As Michael Card wrote in his song, Spirit of the Age,

“The voices heard of weeping and of wailing,
History speaks of it on every page. 
Of innocent and helpless little babies, 
Offerings to the spirit of the age.”

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done” (Romans 1:28).

A debased mind means that people will do what ought not to be done. There is an implied law-breaking in this sentence, “ought,” means there is an obligation to follow some rule or law. The law, of course, in Paul’s mind is the perfect law of God.

Perhaps believers will not be here for this moral descent, but right now we are at the border of this truth:

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:12–13).

“Evil people and imposters will go on from bad to worse.” Are these just words? Just something long ago and far away?

But all is not all doom and gloom.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).

That deliverance does not mean there won’t be tribulation and physical harm. Paul wrote,

“Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned” (2 Corinthians 11:24–25a).

How was Paul delivered from his afflictions? He entered the Lord’s marvelous heavenly kingdom as a beloved, forgiven, righteous, and pardoned man who would live forever with God and the saints.  

This is our blessed hope. Jesus is coming back, both for the dead and the living saints.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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