All around us civil society seems to be disintegrating, with immorality, debauchery, and depravity being openly, proudly, promoted as the approved lifestyle.
When clinging to Biblical standards is attacked as not just old-fashioned and out-of-step, but actually bigoted and dangerous, it is important to get back to basics to remember why our struggle is so terribly important.
Daily studying of the Scriptures is necessary, of course, but from time to time it is helpful to see Biblical truths condensed into a simpler narrative.
I have found that occasionally re-reading John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress is helpful. Even in the original with its archaic language, the eternal truth comes through. There are modern language editions which are extremely helpful, too.
The most recent iteration of this classic, a twenty-first century retelling, The Postmodern Pilgrim’s Progress: An Allegorical Tale, by Kyle Mann and Joel Berry (of Babylon Bee fame) applies most pertinently to our current culture.
Written in a style reminiscent of the late Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), the book uses humor, pathos, and rock-solid Biblical truth to brilliantly expose the struggle today’s Christians face as we try to keep our eyes on Christ and our feet on the narrow path.
In a world of distractions and excesses we need all the help we can get. I think everyone should read this important and enjoyable book.