Can we even begin to imagine how horrible it must have been to live during Noah’s day? Out of the whole world’s population, only Noah’s family believed and trusted God, and then went through the door of the Ark to be saved. Imagine living at a time described this way:
What do we need to do in response to the increasing unrighteousness in America?
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
Can you imagine what it must have been like for Noah’s family living in the sin-filled pre-Flood world and building a great wooden ship at God’s direction? No wonder Noah is listed in the Hebrews 11 “hall of faith”:
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household . . . . (Hebrews 11:7)
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage and all else that we see happening around us—as generations drift from God’s Word and change the culture—I think we are now getting a little taste of Noah’s day. Verses such as 2 Timothy 3:1–4 certainly describe our day:
But know this, that in the last days, perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God . . . .
How people must have scoffed at Noah. And in this world, AiG is increasingly experiencing the scoffing of those who mock us as we stand on God’s Word in Genesis, proclaim the saving gospel, and teach doctrines such as marriage being one man for one woman.
So, what do we need to do in response to the increasing unrighteousness?
For one, AiG is building a life-size Ark as a sign to the world that God’s Word is true—and that the message of salvation is true. We need to do more to contend for the faith (Jude 3), answer the skeptics who attack God’s Word, preach the gospel, make disciples, and do our best to win hearts and minds for the Lord.
I truly believe the life-size Ark (to open next year in Northern Kentucky) will be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of our day. The Ark will be a reminder of the door through which people must go to be saved—Jesus said, “
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).
And that’s just what we are doing! AiG is building a life-size Ark to be filled with exhibits to teach people the truth of God’s Word and the gospel.