Consolas – (Thanks for the support, things have calmed down somewhat. At any rate, I haven’t yet mentioned the new year so I figure I’d get it started a little late.)
While waiting for the new year, a performer sang some lyrics to a song I wasn’t particularly thrilled with. It made me mad that we’d begin the new year with a song about sin and essentially encouraging sin. I was told that it was a particularly good party song. I replied that it was a good thing that I don’t party because I’m pretty sure I’d ruin it for everybody.
As time goes on, the average person may not be able to find the exact line in-between good and bad, right and wrong, or good and evil. For us, it’s easy. The Bible tells us what to expect. The line is as clear as day. On the right side of that line are all things good. On the left side of that line is everything else. Nothing remains on the line, for it is too steep.
I previously mentioned the encouragement to sin, but I want to focus on another aspect of this time. What we would call good, the world would call it bad. What the world would call good, we would call it as bad. To the world, everything on the right side of the line is wrong. Some people relish in their efforts to remove anything that reminds them of the right side, especially the ten commandments.
No matter how confused things will get, how much or little time passes before the people on the right side becomes their next target, we still have a job to do. No it may not be popular to stand on a soap box on a street corner and preach, to read out of the Bible at a parade against blatant sinfulness, or to arrange your schedule around your attendance of church, but if you don’t, who will? Who will risk punishment at the reward of a few formerly lost souls? Who will rest a year in jail for one new brother or sister in the faith? Who will stand up for what is really right when everything around you is horribly wrong?
So many people forget that just because Jesus came doesn’t mean that God has changed. God has promised not to flood the earth again, but with such sinfulness he cannot be pleased. Even when the Israelites turned away, God punished them as a father who loves His children. We who have been adopted recieve the same treatment. The more we sin, the more we are to be corrected. Though that correction has not yet come, many youth turn away from God, and we rang in the new year with a sinful song, let us not forget that His patience with us allows us to share his message with those that are perishing.