The Lord used one paragraph of text to convert me. He used a lot of other things, too—my conversion was a long and messy process, and the Lord really put me through the wringer over a period of years. But it all hinged on a key moment when I read one paragraph that changed my life.
I must have read The Satanic Bible a dozen times as a teen. It resonated with me on a very deep level, appealing to my flesh and selfish interests. The more I read it the more it felt like what I had always believed. It exalts self, puts others second, and removes God from the picture altogether. In some ways it reflects the culture I find here in my own city. You see it in yours as well. It is expressed in a more positive way, but you know it when you hear it. Perhaps most succinctly and commonly we confess this false religion when we say “I’m looking out for number one!” And we all immediately know who “number one” is, don’t we? You see, this is not just a sin of the Satanists. They are just honest about it. It’s not just a problem in the world. We are guilty of this as well.
As weary as we may be of the culture wars, the Chick-fil-A controversy is a harbinger of further ostracism to come. In the United States, the words of Jesus are coming to pass for those who hold tightly to His vision of sexuality: You will be hated because of Me.
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