“How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?”
How often have you loved something you know you can’t have? Have you ever sought after something you know will only destroy you? I know I have.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” -Ephesians 6:13
The day of evil has arrived, and it has arrived appearing as a day of deliverance. Globally, Christians are being blatantly persecuted, but something much more dangerous is occurring to the body of Christ in the States. We are destroying and discrediting our own message. There is a reason the sin which has been recently institutionalized in our nation calls itself love. We call ourselves love, and say we serve a God who is love. Do we actually display that? Can someone look at us, even without understanding anything of the Gospel, and see something different in us? A blind man can’t see simply by opening his eyes, and someone who is spiritually lost can’t see Christ by us telling them to read Scripture or go to church. They have to see Him in us, and then decide to cry out to Him in faith as a response.
“How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him … Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’ Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.” -Psalm 4:2-3,6
How long will we continue to live in comfort, not examining our own hearts? In my own life, I have loved my own delusions. I have sought my own gods. I have sold the Truth to buy my own delusions. Christ paid for this on the cross and set me free. Many in this country are searching for the truth, even if they are not aware. I promise you there are broken people in your life, who are searching for Christ, but fill His absence in their lives with delusions and false gods. May the light of the Lord’s face shine upon us, and may they see the joy in our hearts, which could only come from the Lord.
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” -Ephesians 4:15
Our response to sin lies far from protests, angry Facebook posts, or accusatory statements. The response lies in each of us speaking the truth, in love, of what we know and have learned of God. A great way to determine if we are speaking the truth lovingly is to examine our own motives. If we are sharing truth for any selfish motive — to appear wiser or holier than another — than we are not loving anyone but ourselves. If we are speaking to others what the Lord is speaking to us, for their sake, then this is truly speaking the truth in love, and it will have an impact.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:6-8
If the awe-inspiring mercy of the almighty King and Creator of the Universe does not move us to mourn for those who don’t have this knowledge, and to share it with them at every opportunity, are we truly alive in Christ?