Perhaps one of the most memorable moments in the history of cinema is the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy wakes in the magical Land of Oz. Dorothy, played by the one and only Judy Garland, and her dog Toto find themselves in a strange new place after being flown away from their home by a tornado. Dorothy turns to her companion and says, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore.”
Eighty years after The Wizard of Oz first came out, people still remember and quote this particular line. I’m one of those people who quotes Dorothy’s famous line because I believe it reminds us of a truth the church needs to hear today.
The days of passively following Jesus are long over. Over the past few decades, our culture has changed drastically, transforming America into a land of moral relativism, and if we are honest with ourselves, the church has largely been asleep as this has taken place.
We have forgotten we are engaged in a real spiritual battle against real spiritual forces. The spirit of Pharaoh is pulling people into the captivity of destructive vices and addictions, while the spirit of Jezebel puts them under bondage to sexual depravity and perversion. The spirit of Herod is murdering our children through abortion and selling them into sexual trafficking and exploitation. And the spirit of Goliath is intimidating God’s people with religious persecution and prosecution.
The church, caught in the middle of this spiritual war, at times has neglected its prophetic calling in culture. We are tempted to sacrifice biblical truth at the altar of political expediency. Too many times have we failed to call out the lies of the enemy due to fear of losing people and followers.
If we don’t recognize the gravity of the situation, we will lose our ability to be salt and light in our culture. Remember: We are what we tolerate. Today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity. Moral stagnation always leads to spiritual atrophy.
It’s amid this darkness that God speaks the same words He spoke in Genesis 1:3: “Let there be light.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News