A common complaint is that our era — with secularism, materialism, consumerism — is hostile to living the gospel. Actually in every era Christians have made the same complaint. The symptoms might change but “the world” has different values than the gospel. Remember when Paul was being held in prison he used his right as a Roman citizen and “appealed that he be held in custody for the Emperor’s decision.” The Emperor was Nero, one of the great criminals in history! There was a lyric in the play Jesus Christ, Superstar “You’d have managed better if you’d had it planned … Israel in 4BC had no mass communication.” The lesson from the Bible and from history is that this is exactly the right time to live the Gospel.