Our Great Commission…
It amazes me how quickly I become a victim of my own emotions. Emotional reactions can often be devastating, leaving you backtracking in regret and feeling foolish. It is always better to wait until the dust of your emotions settles before speaking on something that incites extreme emotions in not only yourself but in others as well.
The dust has settled.
As I have said before we live in strange times. Times when everyone does what is right in his own eyes. There is no longer one moral compass that defines what is right or wrong for the collective body. According to the world we no longer have a choice about who we are as individuals. We were born that way. And because we were born that way that means its good right?
What most people don’t realize is that, yes, we were born that way and the Bible tells us so. But that does not mean its good.
Genesis 8:21 says “…the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth…”, Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick…”, Psalm 51:5 says “behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
We were all born that way. We were all born into sin and corruption.
Because we are born into depravity we have to actively fight against the lusts of the flesh. And the reality is that we are incapable of fighting the battle of our flesh successfully on our own. Holiness is not born out of our own efforts but out of the righteousness that was imputed upon us through the blood of Jesus.
As a believer in Christ and the Word of God I do not agree with immoral lifestyle choices whether that be homosexuality, gender reassignment, adultery, abortion, or even cohabitation outside the walls of marriage. I have becom increasingly concerned with the direction that our nation is going and the depths of depravity which we have now reached.
And yet I am torn.
Can we as Christ followers actually expect morality out of those who choose not to recognize the only true moral compass, that is, God’s Word? Is it really our place to fight against the immorality of a world without salvation? Morality cannot be found outside of who God is.
We cannot demand Christian character out of those who do not know Christ!
I am not saying that we should lay down our fight. No. I am saying we need to pick up a different weapon.
The only way we can fight immorality is by being the image of Christ to the world. Hearts need to change before we can expect actions and lifestyles to change. The change has to be from the inside out not from the outside in.
Romans 1:21-32 says:
“For even though they know God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, adn worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural funchtion for that whcich in unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them”
Because we as Christians understand the ways of God and what He desires out of His creation (holiness, and righteousness) we often begin moral crusades that while rooted in good intentions and passionate convictions can be a devastating witness to the Character of God. The most effective witness to a lost and dying world is to display the life that has been given to us by the one who put it in us!
It is the act of living out the change that has occurred in us through His blood that either draws or turns away those who hear. And while we grieve along with God over those who turn away it is their choice and we simply have to pray that God will be merciful in the end and bring them to saving faith in Him.