The question presented in my devotional’s text today is “why do you think it is so difficult to filter out cultural toxins in today’s society”? 2 Timothy 3:1-7 provides a compelling answer and gives a perfect depiction of the direction our society is headed in. In the NIV it begins by saying “but mark this”, almost as if to say you can bank on this happening, or this is as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow. It leaves no room for doubt. As our society approaches the last days people grow more “lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”! If our society were a person, the description in 2 Timothy 3:1-7 would be the reflection it sees staring back at it in the mirror. The spirit of our society has become one in which sin is embedded into the very fabric of our culture and is spreading and growing like cancer. Only a few decades ago certain “evils” taken for granted today were unheard of. What makes up a society are people, individuals coming together with all their uniqueness under a common culture or authority. As a person we can grow worse or better. Were there not days in our lives as well when certain “evils” we committed for the first time were appalling and shocking. And as we repeatedly committed them did those very same “evils” not become the norm. As the individual is a reflection of society, likewise a society grows worse or better as the people grow worse or better. The two are positively correlated and mutually dependent. Society cannot be growing worse as the majority of her people growing better. As a Christian living in a society of “evils” which have become the norm, it has become more difficult than ever to filter out the cultural toxins that is deteriorating the health of our society. How often do you see any representations of God littered about in our society? How often do you see representations that elicit sexual pleasure or encourage love of money? As Christians, we are in this world but we are not of this world. We must filter ourselves from this world and rid our souls of the toxins that is chocking the life of our society. Just because our society is slowly dying in sin, doesn’t mean we too as Christians must die along with it for we are not of it. As we approach the last days, our society grows weaker, the people grow weaker as they reject God . On that last day, we must either suffer the death of sin and separation from God, or celebrate the new life in Christ and perfect union with God!