“You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us for ever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honoured by the human race.” Psalms 12:7-8 NIVUK
Sadly, living as we do in a secular society, laws and practices that Christians consider to be “vile”, are becoming increasingly common and even “honoured by the human race”. But we must never fear the consequences for our own lives, because, as the Psalmist says, God “will protect us for ever”. So how should we respond to these cultural and societal threats? We must of course be sure of the Scriptural basis for our disapproval, replacing any personal worldly prejudice with Godly knowledge and wisdom. And obviously we must pray for our nation, repenting on behalf of the “wicked”, asking God for more and more mercy and grace. But instead of being judgemental, we must reach out with compassion to those who have erred in violating God’s laws and ways and instead share with them our message of hope, the Good News about Jesus. We must be “salt and light” in this society, declaring God’s love for mankind, and through doing so use every opportunity to expose and oppose, in a Godly way, the wickedness we find.