Faith: The new normal
BY REV. LESLIE UHRINAK
Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church, Crosslake
On NBC’s website these words describe its popular show, "The New Normal."
“It’s 2012 and anything goes. These days families come in all forms — single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors …”
From there it depicts the main stars, two gay men who want a child.
But of course, it’s impossible to have one so enter a young woman with a checkered past, a single woman trying to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother. So off to L.A. she goes with her precious 8-year-old daughter in tow.
Now broke, but fertile, she becomes the guys’ surrogate dream girl, the missing mother their “new normal” family needs.
As usual, the networks are quick to promote our nation’s cultural beliefs. Consider the recent poll where 58 percent of our people now support the gay lifestyle and the new family structures they create, even though they are outside of God’s “Order of Creation”.
Not to mention many of our leaders in our state and federal legislatures, senates, governorships, the presidency, as well as religious leaders and their followers. The list appears endless for those who support this “new normal”.
What I find witless in all of this is the belief that there is actually a “new normal”, as if historically people have not tried to elevate these choices to be enlightened and righteous.
Jesus and the Apostles once faced their culture that considered them normal, but then condemned them as sinful. So for centuries many people, as well as Christians, have called these choices Hellenistic because they mimic the religious idolatry the ancient Greeks and Romans practiced.
History, for instance, reveals that Greek men commonly had homosexual partners, and prostitutes of both sexes were welcomed into homes, with husbands, wives and families engaging in what they believed was worship to Bacchus and Dionysus, their gods of wine and song.
So now it’s evident that Hellenism is once again on the rise in our country that once touted itself as being staunchly Christian, if not simply moral.
It’s clear that what Christians and non-Christians alike once considered contrary to God’s “Order of Creation” is slowly but surely becoming accepted as normal and common.
This, too, does not surprise me as God’s Word is no longer kept as inviolate, inerrant and essential for directing the choices we make in life.
What troubles me, therefore, in regard to our blessed nation is that people across the board no longer fear God’s displeasure toward their sinful behavior. They do not believe, even though they know about God’s anger that their immoral choices and their denial of Christ’s grace defines what will become of them as the Apostle Paul writes:
“Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:32 ESV).
Consequently, in promoting this “new normal” that rejects God’s truth, it effectively blinds our nation to His will that we need to turn from our sins, cry out for Christ’s forgiveness and then enlist His aid not to repeat them.
Our nation’s concept of a “new normal,” therefore, is not unique to our day. It does, however, demonstrate our desperate need for a Savior — someone we can turn to in the weaknesses of our flesh to find forgiveness, hope and redemption when we wander aimlessly from God’s Word of truth as our nation has.
And there is only one Savior, my friends, who can — God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who came in our flesh to take all the sins of the world on His shoulders and then died on the Cross that we might receive forgiveness and be reconciled to God on the last day as St. Paul also writes about: “on the day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 2:16 ESV)