DayBreaks for 9/11/17: As Though It Were Not Serious
From the DayBreaks archive, 9/2007:
You know how it is when you receive bad news about someone you love. It may have come as the result of some tests they were having run – is there a tumor or not? If so, is it malignant? Or, someone has been in an accident and you hear their voice through the phone, “I’ve been in a crash – and I’ve got some injuries – but nothing serious.” Until you get that last little bit of information “It’s nothing serious,” you’re on pins and needles. Until the lab report comes back clear, you contemplate the possible cessation of your life. Those words, “It’s nothing serious,” can be some of the most comforting words we’ll hear.
Sometimes, though, those words can be deceptive. Consider the diagnosis that comes back and says all will be well, only to later discover that the diagnosis was wrong, that the test results were incorrect. “It’s no big deal,” is another way of saying about the same thing. Nothing to worry about…but while it may not be a big deal to that person, someone else who was affected by it may think it is a huge deal.
We have different ways of seeing things, and I understand that. I suppose it is inevitable. But it disturbs me deeply when Christians are divided on things that Scripture clearly calls sin. We’ve heard the culture decrying religious thought and beliefs for so long that we’ve bought into a brain-washed mindset. Somehow, in our arrogance, we’ve bought the lie that just because the laws of our land (or any other) say that something is legal that it means it must be okay and that it can’t therefore possibly be sin. Even when the Bible is point-blank on the subject!
We would do well to remember that God says judgment will begin not with the heathen, but with those of His own house (1 Peter 4:17). When His own people have become indistinguishable with unbelievers there is great cause for fear. When His own people cannot tell right from wrong, it is totally incorrect to say, “It’s not serious, it’s no big deal.” Listen to these words, spoken by God, to His great prophet Jeremiah: (6:14-15) – They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD. In context, God is talking to His own people, addressing them about what is about to happen because they have minimized the Word of the God and its authority. Why was God so angry at his people? We get a pretty good clue in verse 10: To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.
It seems that the people of the Lord had chosen not to listen to God’s Word any longer. Why? Because they found it offensive. What was offensive about it? They didn’t like what it said – it called sin, sin – it pointed out their evil and the evil in the cultures that surrounded them. And they didn’t like it because they loved the culture more than they loved the Word of the Lord.
How I fear for modern American Christians who can’t see the truth when it’s printed on the pages of the Bibles right in front of them. And that includes me.
It is serious.
PRAYER: Father, we are so blinded by our human desires and selfishness that we don’t love Your Word and honor its truth. We close our ears because your word offends us with it’s demands for holiness and righteousness and for turning away from the sins we love so much. Help us once more to find pleasure in Your Word, to love truth more than convenience and even more than our own lives. Pour Your Spirit of revelation out upon us that we can have our eyes opened and ears unclogged once more to perceive and practice truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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