The voices call from everywhere …
Taunting with the steady pressure that everyone must be embraced, accepted, loved. If a lifestyle offends faith – the error lies with faith. After all God loves everyone – who are we to judge? Or perhaps God doesn’t really exist the way that pesky Bible says?
Society gathers to assess our values, shouting to push platforms forward, shoving aside opposing views, and raising to a roar the sounds of opinions that clash and fight on streets running red with blood ... a dark shadow strangles the people.
The same routine as always has started the chaos – the lie. The lie has been around since the first Adam and the lie plans to dance in the streets and the quiet places of men’s minds until the end.
In the crystal clear light of God’s presence and will, an enemy slips among us and says, “You will not surely die … for when you have eaten … your eyes will be opened … and you will be like God.”
Rejecting the idea that life has behaviors that are allowed and behaviors that bring death … the people push forward to their own will. And to promote the lie, as always, the enemy brings a truth to drape atop the lie.
“If He is the Son of God … He loves us all …”
True on both counts. Jesus is the Son of God and He loves us all. Separate the truth from the lie. The truth is about people … God has never rejected anyone who comes to Him.
Acceptance by God has never been based on the color of skin, the country of origin, the language we speak. Have we not read in Revelation 7:9:
“a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”
God through His Son, Jesus the Christ, has made a way for everyone into His heart and into His heaven … no one is rejected who comes through that gate.
The gate where we meet Christ face to face, the gate where we decide to believe He is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do. Entering the gate calls for bended knee … acknowledging the greatness of God, confessing our sins, depending on Jesus ….
Ahhhh and that is where the lie begins again as in ages past …
Because while it is true that God never rejects a person who comes to Him – He has always made clear there are behaviors that are not acceptable … indeed that He hates.
Revelation 21:8 – “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
God has told the truth about what is evil and what is good. He has that kind of wisdom.
The enemy has lied … again. We don’t become enlightened when we embrace behaviors that God has rejected. We don’t become like God … we just immerse ourselves in sin which separates us from Him.
So in the streams of shouting, accusing, declaring our own righteousness by the opinions we hold … here are some suggestions:
Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
And a couple things to remember about how things turn out:
“Love never fails.”
You’ll notice this blog doesn’t take up a cause against a particular sin … we have all sinned and come way short of the holiness of God. He knows we struggle … struggling against doing the wrong thing is awesome– worthwhile – obedient. Do it.
Reject the lie … start a wave of obedience … let’s dive into the Word of God and see what He likes and what He doesn’t … let’s believe we don’t have a better idea and we certainly won’t become better people by our own wisdom.
Let’s vote for Jesus Christ as King … the rest of it is on Him.
With much love,