Friday, May 25, 2012
When Did Righteous Living Become Prejudice?
"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 NIV) Before I became a Follower of Jesus I was a rebellious teenager. I rebelled against my family , my school authorities and eventually the community authority ( police ). Even though I thought I was a good person who could get into heaven because of my core beliefs ( which I never lived) the real truth was I had been deceived to believe a lie as though it were the truth. In the 70's right was right and wrong was wrong. When it came to sexual behavior it was right to wait until marriage to have sex, but it was acceptable among many to cheat and enjoy the pleasures in advance. If a guy could have sex with a girl it was bragging rights even though it was wrong. In those days men who lusted after men and women who lusted after women was rare and considered sick. The culture of the day also totally shunned homosexual behavior. During my growing up years most of my peers lived with their actual mom & dad as well. I cannot even recall any of my friends not living with their actual biological parents. A divorced family was rare. Now some 40 years later what was rare is common and what was common is rare. My children's peers rarely live with both of their original parents. So many children & youth I've come to know in the last decade live within multiple the structure of fractured family circles. When I was in school, holding hands publicly was a sign of affection and now I'm told that teachers often allow students in school to publicly kiss and that includes those of the same sex. What was defined as sexual perversion is now considered a sexual choice. Corporations even support sexually perverted organized groups with thousands of dollars ( Starbucks & Target are examples) and the top authority of our land ( the President of the United States ) has publicly declared that sexual choice is not only acceptable but can be and should be embraced as normal behavior with a marriage license to endorse it as official. Now the righteous who live by the standards of God & His WoArethaare mocked and considered prejudice if they object to immoral behavior. Sins that become legal are still sins regardless. Just because it is legal to buy and consume alcohol does not make getting drunk less sinful. Just because more people are getting divorced does not make divorce less sinful. Just because it's legal to buy drugs prescribed by doctors does not mean being influenced by other narcotics is acceptable. Just because it's legal to kill babies before they are born does not make murder any less a sinful crime before the eyes of God. Just because actively sinning people say they are followers of Christ does not mean they are following Christ. In the final days only what God says is true even if it means every man is a liar. These are becoming ever increasingly difficult times for those who still believe the truth when the majority strive to paint it differently. Even if religious leaders declare that sin is not sin beware because sin is still sin. Just by calling what is wrong right does not make it so. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9 NIV) May God be glorified in the lives of the righteous regardless of the price to be paid and scorn of the wicked. Hold fast to the truth-" Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14 )