“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!“Isaiah 5:20
Our culture is confused. That which is evil is called good despite the clarity of Scripture. We have become a society that endorses sin and silences righteousness. We elevate the opinions of entertainers, athletes, and politicians while denigrating the timeless words of Jesus. The Prince of Peace is invoked in support of warfare. How sad, how terribly, terribly sad!
I am told that we need more military actions while others call for a retreat.
I am told that we need more money flowing into the markets while others say we should spend more on social programs.
Others claim that we need a more tolerant attitude toward aberrant sexual behaviors while still others call for them to be ostracized.
Here are two simple thoughts to battle the confusion.
We Cannot Endorse Sin
Sin violates God. Joseph was seduced by Potiphar’s wife. As he contemplated his actions he declared “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God” (Genesis 30:9)? Notice, the sin was not against Potiphar, not against Pharaoh, not even against Potiphar’s wife or even his won body. The sin could have been against God! This is so important. Sin is not about breaking faith with another person, nor is it about violating some social norm. Sin assaults the very character of God.
God did not sacrifice Jesus for society. Jesus died so that individuals could be reconciled to God (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 2:14-16; Colossians 1:19-22). We are not reconciled to the latest Twitter trend or the most current Instagram post. We are reconciled to God. Such reconciliation is required because we have offended the perfect holiness of the Creator. We are broken and must be fixed.
We must not endorse that which God is trying to defeat. We cannot support the evil that required the death of Jesus.
Trends tend to move us in different directions. It often depends upon who we are with and the environment. A Christian must remain strong, stable, and unmoveable, in his thinking and actions (1 Corinthians 15:58). Do not be led about by fancy, new ideas that are not Godly. Seek the Lord’s approval and not that of your friends and culture.
We Must Promote Jesus
Jesus holds the ultimate answers. Because those answers are not what we want to hear, we reject him. We turn from his way to the world’s way. This is a disaster. War, conflict, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, greed, poverty, homelessness, suicide, are all evidence of the emptiness of societal wisdom. Imagine the world without all of those horrors. Imagine a world where Jesus ruled in the hearts of men. Can you see it?
We will never see such a world unless his followers tout his glory for all the world to see. Christians must speak louder and more often than the purveyors of sin. Our voices must rise above the static of culture.
Disciples of Christ carry his message wherever they go (Matthew 28:18-20). we reflect his glory into the world. We share his truth. Like a newfound medicine for cancer, we seek to share the cure for sin with all.
Suicide is a horrible end to a helpless life. Why is anyone helpless? Why is anyone devoid of hope? I know it sounds simplistic, but if Jesus were fully in the life of society there would be little suicide. People would not be hopeless for they would be filled with hope eternal. No one would be helpless for people would reach out, serve, and help, one another.
Jesus makes all the difference!
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