by Pastor Tim Burt
Proverbs 16:12 (MSG) says, "Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation" The United States is and has been a move of God in the earth. Our country became a place where the gospel was freely preached, where Jesus Christ and all of scripture was exalted, and the U.S. became a mission base for the gospel to reach the rest of the world. It was the Judeo-Christian ethic that gave this country a moral code and standard that permeated our society. The original school text books talked about God and scripture in the midst of their focused subjects. There was a standard for respect in most schools and homes. It was the gospel that help blacks endure racial injustice. It was the gospel that pricked the hearts of men to end slavery. There has always been the slow war of changing societies injustices, but God's Word in the hearts of men and women forged those changes over time. The change of society from the influence of God's Word is most always been a slow process and why I believe God is so patient not to judge a misguided society.
As a Pastor and Christian, and from my full understanding of scripture, I believe the United States has been given one more chance from God to get things right. That responsibility does not lie on the backs of those who do not believe in Christ. It falls on the backs of those that do. It is a calling to fervent prayer while rejecting and resisting the immorality that only seems to increase year by year.
Every year the media seems to try to redefine what normal is in this world. Cable networks are in revolution of profanity, perversion, and sexual free-for-all. Homosexuality and transgender have judicially been forced upon us as normal. The name-calling and labels have now been placed on those that disagree with this lifestyle or who try to uphold any kind of Christian moral lifestyle. The fact is, more than ever, we are in a day where evil is called good and good evil. In saying that, I am not calling a person, a people group, or a culture of people, evil. I am calling the activities and behaviors that are contrary to God’s word evil. That would include anything that I or anyone else might do that would be inappropriate.
Jesus died for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins. If we love Him and live to walk after His ways, His Word, and the leading of His Spirit—that is what He asks of us. Will we ever fail in the process? Of course we will! That is why we need Jesus to begin with. Only His mercy and grace pave the way for any of us to obtain Heaven's residence. Only the leading of His Spirit and the instruction of His Word help us stay on His path in this life. But forgiveness of sin and His great mercy and grace does not create an acceptance for what God has described as sin. Sin is never okay! And its not about making God angry! God is love and is full of love—not anger. He is trying to lovingly draw us into His ways. He is not throwing lightning bolts at us or killing us with car accidents, cancer, disease, or devastating acts of nature. He is trying to reach us by His goodness—by His blessings that touch our life and make us thankful. Romans 2:4 says, "... that the goodness of God leads you to repentance." This world was never created by Him for the functioning of sin. Sin is a curse. It steals from us and destroys lives. It takes society everywhere it does not want to go!
Evil being called good and good evil is not a new thing. But it is a dangerous thing! Every society that has embraced sin and made it it's norm instead of seeking God's instructions for righteous living, has collapsed at one time or another. No society is immune from the effects of embracing sin. There were times when God would warn His people when they got off track. They would get caught up in the cultures of the world around them and stray from the way God intended for them to live. They would pull further and further from the Lord and before long they would begin to call what was considered evil by God, good, and what was considered good by God, evil. God warned them of making this mistake. Isaiah 5:20 NKJV “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."
Today, I want you simply to understand this: the truth of God’s desires for society and culture are given only to us by God’s word—ways which never change. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” What God considers evil will always stay evil. What God considers good will always remain good. Do not tolerate evil in your life. Pursue good with all your heart.
In life's quest, be sure that you look for the good in people and love them for the good you find. That does not mean you accept evil behaviors. Do not build a tolerance for evil out of those relationships. Oppose evil so it will not consume you. Oppose it so that you can be a light to a dark world. Oppose it by sharing the love and acceptance of Jesus. It also does not mean you become anyone’s judge or jury. I receive Jesus’ love in my own life while never accepting any sinful or wrong behaviors or attitudes. As I see them, I will expose them by confessing them to God and asking for His grace to change. That is all any of us can do. Oppose evil because God hates evil and the destruction it permeates on mankind. Be vocal and call evil what it is—even in the midst of persecution. Don't attack people because most every person has good that they do and evil that they succumb to. But oppose evil behavior and resist it in your life and in our society. Personally live a higher standard with the help of the Holy Spirit in you! And do what you can to prevent it from ever become a norm in our society! If we all do this, God can and will move in our midst—that is, if Christians will seek Him, live for Him, and pray.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land"
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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