The World Needs The Truth
Read Psalm Chapter 119:136-138
Ps 119:136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for Your law is not obeyed. 137 Righteous are You, O LORD, and Your laws are right. 138 The statutes You have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.
I’ve been hearing about some men of God who no longer want to be called an “angry young prophet.” Mark Driscoll is one example. I have also heard that from some others. How would you define that description? My thinking is that we should never come across as angry when we declare God’s truth, but that we should be sad at what we see what is happening in our society. I guess I might be termed a “sad old Paul Revere,” warning others about the dangers of being unrepentant about their sins.
I wonder though, whether it is possible to warn the world without being accused of being angry? Many have seen God as “angry” in the way He has dealt with sin. Truly, there are examples in His word when He indeed was angry with sin. He has every right to do so. But do we? The pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, who recently passed away, obviously delivered a message of anger and hate when he addressed the issue of homosexuality. There was no inkling of compassion or grace in his message.
I suppose I have asked more questions than I have answered questions. I would love to hear your thoughts about this.
As we look at the passage for today’s thoughts, verse 136 fits me to a tee. While I don’t literally shed tears, I do weep within my soul more every day. I am haunted over those men I have mentored who are now living openly gay lives. I am saddened every time I see a gay man or woman on television or performing on stage in my town. I am discouraged when I hear someone proudly state that they are living together without the benefit of marriage, or that someone has given birth to a baby while unwed. It seems those situations are seen everywhere I turn.
I doubt very seriously that any of us can warn the world of the dangers of apathy toward God’s commands without being accused of hatred. Yet, we cannot allow pressure from the world to silence our voices. We have an obligation, a responsibility, an unalterable charge, given to us by Christ Himself, to call our world to repentance and belief in Jesus Christ as Savior. Our world tries its best to shame us into silence. We have no choice but to continue to speak in behalf of our Lord. If we do not, the world will march to their eternal deaths like lemmings following their leader off the cliff into the sea. They may anyway, but our voices must not go silent.
1Co 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Our Lord is righteous, His laws are right and righteous, and they are fully trustworthy. When He states that those men and women described in this passage from 1 Corinthians will not inherit the kingdom of God, we cannot deny it. It is the truth.
Grace is great! Without it you and I would have no hope whatsoever. But that grace is NOT given to the unrepentant sinner. Any message which contradicts that truth is a false message which allows a man to falsely believe he is in right-standing with his Creator. We are shirking our duty toward if we are shamed into silence.
Prayer: Lord, we don’t know what to pray. Read our hearts and speak for us, that Your will would be done in all things we do, think, and say while we remain on earth.