Friday, May 8, 2020

If Rejecting God Is Wrong, They Don’t Want To Be Right

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”  - Romans 1:28-32

Who is Paul describing? People you meet every day.  People who believe that what they believe is right – that the way they behave and others behave is OK.  That is what happens when we wander from the framework that God intended for how His Creation was to live and act and think.  Imagine a fish swimming in the ocean and deciding they weren’t meant to swim in the water – they didn’t like swimming in the water – so one day they leapt out of the water onto the shore – flopped around for a while – surrounded by air but unable to breath it. And so they died right there on the bank within inches of what would give them life – but refusing to do what they were created to do – swim in the water.  They would rather die in misery than submit to their creator. And what’s more they encourage others to do the same.  Nobody like to sin alone. The more the easier it is to justify the behavior.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work..” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

God has provided the guide to right living and right relationships – with Him and with others. Then He provided a way to live that way – His Spirit. All that is required is a person with a heart yielded by faith, devoted to God and not themselves.  Even a blind bird can catch a bug now and again. Meaning that people who live apart from God might do good things but that does not make them right before God.  There are some people who are evil and some people that are not so bad.  Apart from God – their destiny is the same.  They are just fish flopping on the shore – gasping for air even while they are surrounded by it – refusing to believe that they might be wrong – their last breath on the bank is the proof of their folly.

Imagine living your entire life thinking that you are right in your rejection of God and His Son – only to discover that you were wrong. The thought of that brings a deep sorrow to my heart. The culture we live in is pretty much described in Romans chapter 1.  I know that not all will be saved, but some will be. And my responsibility? My responsibility –  your responsibility is to be a light – a peculiar people – pointing others to the Truth. A seed planter. A garden waterer.  Paul says it in Romans 12.

“I [beg] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  – Romans 12:1-2

I want to encourage you to see the world as it is. That sin is sin and not just an alternative choice that is OK so long as you don’t hurt someone else.  Like abortion, if it does hurt someone else you just redefine what  “someone else” is.  If it is not human then you are not hurting someone else, so it is OK.  Lower the bar until you can jump over it – call it good and a victory for what is right. 826,000 abortions in the US in 2017 (Guttmacher Institute).  That is what happens when people abandon what God says it right. 

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  – Proverbs 14:12

God wants your heart totally devoted to Him.  A heart turned toward God and away from the world. And the result will be that we love others the same way that God loves us. With mercy and grace.  Pretty simple really. So why then isn’t it easy? Simply stated – it is our old nature – what we want to do naturally.  Jesus was telling us to do what man cannot do apart from God. Certainly is starts with a decision when we are born again – but continues with really that same decision every day – with every breath we take – choosing God and not the world.  So what will you choose today?

By Faith Alone By His Grace Alone And For His Glory Alone

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