An Undeniable Responsibility
Read Ezekiel Chapter 3
Eze 3:18 When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself. 20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 21 But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”
As born again children of God, we have a responsibility. We were not saved so that we can sit back and watch the rest of the world go to everlasting destruction. Imagine what would have happened if the first century converts had simply gone home and lived the rest of their lives only interested in providing for themselves and their families. How would the gospel of Jesus Christ have spread across Asia, Africa, and Europe? It would not. You and I would not have been told of the Good News. How many men and women have become true believers in Christ because missionaries risked their lives in foreign lands? That is an uncountable number of people.
Not everyone has been called by the Lord to take the Good News to foreign lands. But all of us have been called to be witnesses where we are. Many neighbors have been redeemed because someone next door showed them the way. We must be always alert to opportunities to share the truth with anyone we meet, even if they reject that word. Today’s scripture reading shows us just how important it is to be the one who delivers truth when the opportunity presents itself.
By no means do I believe that each of us will be held accountable in the same manner that Ezekiel was in this passage. God gave a stern warning to him. If he was not faithful in warning men of their sinfulness, Ezekiel would be held responsible for their demise. However, I cannot discount that we bear some measure of responsibility if we do not present the truth about Christ, as well as the issue of homosexuality whenever an opportunity comes our way. Conversations often arise concerning the issue of same-sex marriage. When that happens we cannot remain silent, failing to allow the discussion to at least look at another viewpoint.
Few will listen. Many will deride our beliefs. But at least we will have given the SSA man or woman a chance to turn their lives around. We will have given them something to think about. Even if the conversation is with a heterosexual audience, it will present the truth to them. They will not be able to say that they had never heard the biblical truths regarding homosexuality. Many today are dismissing biblical views on just about all issues. The “remnant” of God’s people cannot keep quiet.
Our world is sadly slipping away from God. Even some of our churches and their leaders are sliding away from His word. Our responsibility is to remain steadfast, holding on to God’s word no matter what the world thinks. There may be one or two people within our circle of acquaintances who will heed the call of the Holy Spirit. If so, “he will surely live because he took warning.” – Verse 21.
Prayer: We have uttered this prayer over and over, Lord. And once again we come before You asking that You grant salvation to our friends who have been deceived. Give us many opportunities to spread Your truth to those around us. Give us the right words to say, and give us the ability to express it with an unmistakable example of Agape love.