So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison. Luke 3:18-19
There is no gray when it comes to God’s Word. Yes, in today’s church we see way too many people trying to change God’s black and white to some shade of gray. It is not because they have found something new in the Bible or that we have found some new manuscript that sheds new light on God’s Word or makes some change to what we always thought. No, what is happening is that we find God’s Word a bit distasteful for modern ears and more importantly modern political correctness. After all we just want to fit in with everyone else and we really do not like to be branded as either intolerant or haters.
So we weasel around what God said and say that what is written is really not what God meant. Or maybe since God’s Word is a living Word He must want us to reinterpret it in light of today’s morality or lack thereof. We have evolved so much since the first century. Surely God wants His Word to evolve along with us. After all how can we get new people into the church is we stick with the old and outdated code of morality that God must have intended for only the Jews before Jesus and maybe the early Christians but not for we enlightened folk of the 21st century.
The fact is that there is really right and wrong. God has not changed His mind about what He wants us to do and how He wants us to behave. Just as God is eternal and unchanging so too is His Word. The early Christians were different from the rest of the world and it was this difference that got them persecuted and martyred. They were following a new standard of behavior that Jesus gave us and in doing so brought us closer to how God would have us behave. Throughout history the Christian lifestyle has been at odds with the world.
John was not about to water down God’s Word. He was direct in calling out people and telling them a message of repentance and baptism. John told both the lowest people on the totem pole and those in power. It was this straight forward delivery of God’s message that got him in trouble with Herod and eventually imprisoned. Herod had divorced his wife so that he could marry his brother’s wife Herodias. John called Herod out on this immoral act and was jailed for his words.
Today we cower from the harsh words of others. We worry that we might offend some people who have chosen a lifestyle contrary to what God would have us live. We worry that some talking head on TV or some politician might just call us intolerant or hateful. We worry about offending everyone but God. Both John and Jesus did not shy away from calling out those who lived immoral lives. They did not care how powerful these people were. Yes, this got both of the killed but they believed that what God said was too important to let others drown it out.
Today very few of us will ever have to die for our faith. A few harsh words should not cause us to waver. We need to tell the world that there is a right and a wrong. That morality is not optional nor is it manmade but is handed down to us from God. There is truth and we can know the truth. That God’s rules do not enslave us but they set us free.
Have a blessed day,
PS. A few days ago Texas governor Rick Perry said during an interview he compared homosexual behavior with alcoholism in that while a person might be genetically disposed to certain behaviors such as alcoholism it did not mean that they were domed to that behavior. You can imagine the outcry from both the liberal media and of course the homosexual interest groups. What I found interesting is that they missed what Governor Perry was saying, that we are not hostage to our genetics. Humans can rise above what our genes might predispose us to do. If not then we are no different than any wild animal condemned to our genetic programming. Yet God’s Word tells us we are created in His image. We do not have to act on our urges be they sexual, criminal or anything else. Just my thoughts on a recent news item.