Colossians 3: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these the wrath of God is coming.  In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.  Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:1-17 ESV)
From the Toronto Star:
A Toronto judge has struck down Canada’s prostitution laws, effectively decriminalizing activities associated with the world’s oldest trade.
“These laws, individually and together, force prostitutes to choose between their liberty interest and their right to security of the person as protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” Justice Susan Himel of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice said in Tuesday’s landmark decision.
Such a ruling by a court in Ontario is not a great surprise. The laws that we have, as bad as they may be, have been in force because of Christian influence since the country was established. Canada is no longer even remotely Christian and this is the result. But Christianity has never been, and will not now need to be dependent on the laws of the land in order to prosper. As has been said in this blog before, Christianity was founded in the midst of one of the most immoral and inhumane empires the world has ever had to endure. It got changed because of the faithfulness of a small group of people who believed in Jesus and in 300 years the number of believers went from 3000 converts to over 3,000,000.
If the Christianity that exists today needs the laws of the country to back it up in order to thrive then it has already abandoned the faith that it professes. The Christian faith in Canada needs what it has always needed: solid “take up your cross”, not-conformed-to-the- world belief that does not need to depend on the secular courts to back it up.
What marks the end of a culture is not the godlessness of the godless. It is the conformity to the godless that exists in those who profess to know God. We need a Christianity that is made up of men who never secretly visit prostitutes, but seek to rescue them from sin. It needs men who are foreign to the perniciousness of pornography. It needs men who can say to their sons that women are not sex objects.
What marks the perilousness of the last days according to Paul in I Timothy 3:5 is that those who have a form of godliness but do not exhibit any of the power of godliness. The power of godliness is living in the secret place during the week with the same commitment as one shows in church on Sunday morning.
It is a travesty that Ontario is on the verge of celebrating another form of sexual immorality. The solution is not for us to petition the government and protest the fact that the culture is in the dumper. The solution is the Gospel of Jesus Christ believed, lived consistently and delivered with a desire to see God glorified in the world and embraced by the repentant.
What should we do in light of another example of the godlessness of our time and place? Live in the power of the Gospel in holiness, righteousness and faith. Teach through example our sons and daughters that a fulfilled life is one lived for Jesus without a secret corner of our hearts reserved for pagan worldliness. Demonstrate real joy in Christ, delight in the Word, and happiness in obedience.
Our culture can be turned around for God. It will not do so with a court order or legislative edict. It will happen because those who believe watch their lives and doctrine closely. Don’t panic over this news of prostitution winning a court battle. Live in the sure knowledge that the Gospel is not chained and that God really does make new creatures out of people when they come to faith in Christ. And make sure people hear of that faith from you and see it in you.
Don’t curse the darkness – light a candle.