God is all about order....HIS order. In the world and in our nation, He is increasingly being invited out of the lives of people. People, in their foolishness, are choosing to ignore Him and that means they exempt themselves from HIS order.
What slips in when God's order is gone is called disorder. Some of the disorder we are seeing has to do with "redefining" what God calls evil to be good. What God sees to be true is truth and when that is redefined we call that lies or deception. We see an institution called marriage being redefined to include same sex unions.
“Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.” (Proverb 22:28 – NASB)
We see the legalized murder of millions of innocent babies every year because it would be more convenient for the people God gave grace to in order to be parents. They waste parental grace. We see people increasingly choosing lives of drunkenness to alcohol or drugs over sobriety. We see people choosing to not work when they can because it is easy.
Today I read an article in the paper. A nurse came home after 3 days away to find herself locked out of her own home. A squatter had moved in, changed the locks, stole her 2 televisions and her lawnmower. He told her it was his house now and that she could have the house back if she paid him $2000. The article said this is happening all around the country. The idea of ownership is being redefined by some.
“You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.” (Deuteronomy 19:14 - NKJV)
When we choose, in pride and ignorance, to step away from God’s order into disorder ANYTHING can happen. When we choose to embrace deception over reality everything that we use as landmarks begins to change. We see people challenging the landmark that marriage is to only be between a man and a woman.
We see people altering their bodies to try to “become” a gender other than the one with which God blessed them (their DNA remains male or female.) We see people choosing to define themselves in terms of sexual acts that God considers to be out of order and filthy. We see them trying to force these out of order lifestyles on society and somehow MAKE us receive those lifestyles as good and right.
“‘Cursed (to denounce somebody or something; to declare them or their act to be loathsome) is the one who moves his neighbor's landmark.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’” (Deuteronomy 27:17 - NKJV)
That is what is happening now to our country and many other countries in the world. Spiritual unwise people are embracing these things to earn the approval of people that need to repent of these very things for their own good. When we cannot trust things that God established for our good to keep healthy the people HE created, mass insecurity will come in.
Much of the spike in violence, rebellion, drug and alcohol addiction and “mental illness” we see in our culture is attributable to cultural insecurity due to landmarks being ripped out and placed somewhere else arbitrarily.
Unless we repent as individuals and as a people, this trend will continue to increase. Remember, things never stand still in this regard: we either advance or we decline as a people. The trend in our faces today is rapid decline.
How do we turn the tide in this regard? Stop watching television shows that feature people who are unrepentant in regards to sexual immorality, abortion, homosexuality, lawlessness, drug abuse and perversion or that either glorify or present as right and good an of these lifestyles. Stop patronizing businesses that proudly choose people who live like this as their spokespersons and make it known that you will not spend the Lord’s money to support these people and their lifestyles.
Most importantly, start building godly relationships with people who practice or characterize these things. They do them because they need Jesus and we’re the only Jesus most people will ever meet. Reveal, by your honest lifestyle, the pertinence of Jesus Christ for everyone’s everyday life. LOVE THEM.
They think they are what they do. It will take time, patience and love to help them understand that we are not “human doings” – we are not really designed to be categorized by what we do. Reveal Jesus to them…the real Jesus Who hates the sin that controls them and characterizes them but LOVES THEM.
Jesus wants "to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (reconciliation with Him).” (Luke 1:79)
It’s time for us to turn back to God in these matters.
It’s time for the world to see Jesus as He is.
It’s time for His Kingdom (His order) to come!
Let’s resolve to play our part in that as individual members of the body of Christ.