All I knew was a dog was barking and waking me up. In my semi-lucid state, I wondered what Mackie, my brother’s Yorkie was barking at. That’s when it hit me, I wasn’t at my brother’s anymore. Instead, I was waking in my parent’s RV to the sound of a neighbor dog. It reminds me of that famous L Frank Baum’s line, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
When I went inside the house, I turned on the news to scan today’s headlines. I was tempted to modify the line to say, “Toto, we’re not in America anymore.” When I see the changes that have happened to the country I love just during my lifetime, it makes me sad. I’ve witnessed more and more changes I never thought I would see.
Something has been happening in recent years. I read that the world has changed more in the last three decades than in the previous twenty centuries! The changes we’ve experienced in the United States and the world have been more numerous, consequential and more threatening than any time in recent history. The potential for Christians to be overcome and lose their voice is great. We want to know what God’s Word say about the cultural and spiritual changes, and how to live faithfully in the midst of this chaotic world.
In the coming weeks I’m going to share my views on nine trends that I see that I never thought I’d see, and that have significant implications. They are changes that I believe contribute to the deteriorating moral and spiritual culture in which we live. We’re not in Kansas anymore. America today isn’t what we thought it was. We must learn from history by measuring the past against the present.