One of my favorite songs in high school during the last half of the 90’s was by a band called Local H. This was at the height of Grunge Rock when music was all things Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The title of the song is Bound for the Floor, and there are some lyrics that have always resonated with me. The chorus goes like this:
And you just don’t get it
Keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it
You’re so pathetic
What exactly does “copacetic” even mean? Merriam-Webster defines it simply as “very satisfactory.” In other words, whatever is copacetic is just fine, OK, or in current cultural vernacular, “it’s all good.” And if we let Local H define it, copacetic is acceptable. I think they’re on to something…
Let’s step away from copacetic for a moment and talk about The Cowardly Lion from the classic film The Wizard of Oz. What exactly was his deal? He was a lion, the so-called “King of the Jungle,” yet he was a tremendous coward. He should’ve have been the fiercest, most feared creature in the forest, but he completely lacked courage. In one of the character’s most famous lines of the film, he said, “What makes a king out of a slave? Courage!” His lack of intestinal fortitude, devoid of any ounce of bravery, was keeping him from his potential dominance.
There’s an epidemic currently running rampant in the Church in this culture. Not pandemic in the Church worldwide, but specifically in our culture. This sinfully pathetic epidemic has slowly and casually allowed our culture to enter into God’s judgment. I’ve dubbed this spiritual plague Copacetic Cowardice. Granted, there have been amazing Believers throughout the history of this Nation that God has used to stand up for Truth, but, unfortunately, those courageous saints do not define the whole. What has happened? At what point did the Church stand down to the Culture? Has it been a slow process, or did it occur in one colossal “Big Bang” explosion of cultural effluence? I’m not entirely sure, to be honest. I don’t have the answer. I can’t point a finger at any one event. Frankly though, it really doesn’t matter. What I do know is this: the courageous fortitude that great men of God once had that established this nation is practically nonexistent. Overall, the Church in the U.S. of A. has found it acceptable to hide in the woods, fearful of our own shadows. We can’t muster enough valor to swat away the flying monkeys the non-neutral Culture hurls at us. Let me make this quite clear: the Culture is NOT neutral, no; in fact, it is the Wicked Witch of the West, determined with all resilience to steal our Ruby Cornerstone upon which we stand. And…we’re OK with that? “It’s all good Dorothy. Don’t sweat it! The United States is God’s ordained nation. He’ll fix things. He’ll protect us from judgment. You and Toto forge ahead. I’m just gonna hang out in the Haunted Forest and pray fearfully hard.” I am guilty of this sinful posture. Once upon a time, I too lived my life that way.
WAKE UP CHURCH!!! We have become metaphysical ostriches. We are afraid of standing up for truth. So instead of saying something, anything, we are content with sticking our heads in the proverbial sand, waiting for some other poor sap to be daringly lionhearted. STOP IT!!! When will we be courageous? When it’s too late? When we risk being thrown in jail? Or even worse, when we risk execution?
This Culture is dark and morally bankrupt. It calls good bad; and bad good. It is a Culture of Death. Don’t fool yourselves Church; we have entered God’s judgment. The people of our Culture have been given over to, “the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:24-25).” It gets worse. God has given, “them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:26-27).” Is this sounding familiar yet? Finally, because, “they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them (Romans 1:28-32).”
Need I say more? The thing most discouraging to me, is not that the Culture is riding around on its broom writing, “Surrender” in the sky. We knew this would happen. Scripture clearly promises it. No, what upsets me the most is that the Church is gorging itself on the Culture’s Poppies of Neutrality. We fatten ourselves on the poison they feed us because it is, “attractive to the eye, and soothing to the smell.” We cowardly lounge around saying, “I do believe in atheism, I do believe in homosexual marriage. I do, I do, I do, I do believe in abortion, I do believe in socialism, I do, I do, I do, I do!” All the while the Culture, perched upon its flying broomstick, delightfully responds with, “Ah! You’ll believe in more than that before I’m finished with you.”
In my neck of the woods the Fish show up to your doorstep riding a bicycle, wearing a long sleeved white shirt, ugly tie, and a backpack. We don’t even have to lug our fishing tackle to the lake. The Lord brings them to us, but we’re too apathetic to even answer the door. In this Culture we have babies being lead like lambs to the slaughter by the truck loads. But we don’t even care. Sure, we may share abortion statistics on Facebook, or we may ask God to put an end to Planned Parenthood, but our outward physical actions say otherwise. To borrow from comedian Ron White, we’d rather sit at home, “naked in a bean bag chair eating Cheetos,” watching TBN instead going to the Abortion Mills and making a difference.
This is a plea Church, get up off your Couch of Comfort, wash the cheese off your fingers, put some clothes on, and stand up to the Culture! Stop being a coward, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).” God did not give us a spirit of timidity, fearfulness, nor cowardice. When we come to Christ as Lord and Savior, He does not give us the spirit of the Cowardly Lion. No, He gives us the Holy Spirit, chock full of strength, power and courage. The Greek word for power in the aforementioned verse is dunamis. It’s where we get the word dynamite. Do you get it Church? We have a Spirit capable of blowing up the culture spiritually speaking (No, I’m not at all encouraging Christians to strap dynamite to their chests and become wild eyed Jihadists). We have the boldness to stand up for Truth. We have the fortitude to share the Gospel with a putrid, decaying Culture. We have the courage, it’s ours already. But, first we have put to death the idol of fear in our lives. Then, and only then, will we find the bravery that is ours for the taking.
Our attitude should be saying to the Culture, “Put ’em up, put ’em up! Which one of you first? I’ll fight you both together if you want. I’ll fight you with one paw tied behind my back. I’ll fight you standing on one foot. I’ll fight you with my eyes closed… ohh, pullin’ the myth of neutrality on me, eh? Sneaking up on me, eh? Why, I’ll… Ruff!” If we acted as if we had the King, would we, “be afraid of anything?” The answer of course, is, “Not nobody! Not nohow!”
And you just don’t get it
Stop keeping it copacetic
Stop learning to accept it
You’re so pathetic
I want to leave you with a quote from one of my favorite Bearded Gospel Men, Doug E. Douglas Wilson. In a courageous sermon he gave in which he preached to the Government of Idaho, he said, “Desperate times call for faithful men, and not for careful men. The careful men come later and write the biographies of the faithful men, lauding them for their courage.”
We are in desperate times Church. Stop being careful and start being faithful!