Secularisation brought both positive and negative elements to the human society. As a response to the widespread gross abuses by some religious leaders, it did help to stave off some of the horrendous abuses by putting everyone under the agreed laws of the land. However, secularisation has also led to serious decline in previously established moral standards. Man rather than God is now the focal point, hence what appeals to the majority in a given society is promoted and legalised. And God’s word and his laws has lost relevance to many people and groups (Luke 2:37,39; 1 John 2:15-17).
Consequently, our times has been marked with very high rate of suicide, materialism and the most scandalous and licentious relationships (1 John 2:16). Though these do occur in non-secular societies, however they do not occur in such high numbers as in secular states.
To help us, the beloved Apostle John reminds us that our present world with all its riches and pleasures will surely fade away (1 John 2:17). But the one who does the will of God, who follows the dictates of our God, remains forever (Luke 2:39, 1 John 2:17).
The choice is ours.
Reflection Passages For Today: 1 John 2:12-17; Psalm 95(96):7-10; Luke 2:36-40
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