The desensitization of our foundational Christian values has more than begun.
In psychology, desensitization is a treatment for phobias in which the patient is exposed to progressively more anxiety-provoking stimuli and taught relaxation techniques. This process teaches a patient to ignore the internal signals or alarms warning them that whatever is triggering said alarms, is dangerous. For the person with the phobia, the danger is unrealistic, outside the boundaries of normal responses.
For the Christian, the triggered responses to a alarming situations are the Holy Spirit communicating God’s perspective or desired response.
But as Christians are continuously exposed to what should initiate battle calls to prayer, we’ve relaxed, learning to ignore the inner voice whispering for us to take action. With progressive (and aggressive) anti-God rhetoric and immoral acceptance, we’re being lulled into a relaxation mode.
This is by an evil design — a blue print straight from the pit of hell.
I’m guilty. I admit, at some point in the last twenty months, I became overwhelmed with the speed of change in our culture and have come to do little more than raise my brows. I’ve complained when I should have been hitting my knees. I’ve talked about the wickedness more than I’ve prayed about it. I’ve sought like-minded souls to support my opinions instead of speaking truth to those who need to hear it.
I’m going to change this.
Light vs Dark
As I reviewed the Scriptures below, I realized I’ve become a wimpy warrior. Maybe I’m battle weary. Maybe I’ve given up, knowing we’re near prophetic days and the clock of history will not rewind. Actually, time seems to be speeding up as day after day, the signs of the coming end times’ prophecies pile up. But still, the battle instructions from the Lord are clear: regardless of our current and unsettling state of affairs, we are to arise from our beds of comfort and bring light to the situations around us. We are to battle, not relax.
John 3:19 – 21 And this is judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.
John 12:46 – I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness.
Ephesians 5:13-16 – But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Psalm 19:8- The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
In the above scriptures, we’re warned of the dramatic contrast between those who walk in the light and those who prefer the murky shadows of the dark. I’m reminded of that famous passage in Isaiah 5, verse 20 – “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
The dark spiritual forces and those humans who dwell in their shadows seem to be doing exactly what Isaiah warned us of. Those blinded in the dark oppose all that we light-dwellers cling to. But yet, we are to take the light to them, not keep the light on our side of of the battlefield.
We’re to bring the light. Shine Christ in the dark. Be lit-up cities on the hills, never allowing desensitization techniques used by the enemy to make us comfortable in these dark days.
The Word is clear. We are to expose the deeds done in the dark by shining the light of Truth. In the Matthew 10, Jesus tells us that persecution will come but to have no fear. He explains that all corruption and dark deeds will be exposed in the future, and then He instructs His followers to speak truth.
Mat 10:26-27 (NIV) “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.“
What I believe Christ reveals to us in this passage is that during the dark days of earth, we are to speak out as light bearers. Even if it costs us relationships, jobs, or communal isolation. What truth He whispers through His Word, we must proclaim now.
Our biblical call to action is to speak truth.
Let me speak (write) the truth starting here, in this blog. Jesus Christ is king yesterday, today, and tomorrow. No morphing of the world’s societies change that. He is on the throne and governments are upon His shoulders. He has all control and all attempts to make things appear differently are mere games of delusion. I serve a king, not a government.
Speak, Light Bearer!
Laurie (L G Westlake)
One thought on “Are We Desensitized?”