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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

But What Will You Do in the End?

Today marks the second anniversary of this blog, and the end of the summer hiatus. I’m still working on the book that kept me away from the blog, but am nearly finished with the first draft, so I’m ready to resume the journey to find God’s hand in my life from my earliest memories. This reflection of years gone by adds to my knowledge of the Almighty Father God, helping me understand Him a bit better each day I sojourn here on Planet Earth.

Though I’d planned to resume my remembrance where we left off in the mid-twenties, I found I needed to break the summer blog writing fast by sharing a short eye-opener that struck me this week from Jeremiah Chapter Five. God’s addressing people who claim to know Him and consider Him their God, yet they make all kinds of excuses why His laws don’t need to be followed. In this current climate of tolerance for all things evil or good, the last verses put me in mind of the current state of many of our churches today.

We need to remember that the State or federal legalizing of activities God sees as evil doesn’t make God look the other way. Be it issues related to abortion, sexual relationships outside of the covenant of marriage, pornography, or homosexuality, God’s Word is clearly against such things. People don’t argue that the Bible records God’s objections to such practices, only that it is the opinion of the Bible writers and old-fashioned out-dated restrictions that don’t apply in the Twenty-First Century church.

Perhaps, like me, you have loved ones dear to your own heart, who have chosen to live according to the ways of the world, not the Word of God? One of my precious ones even teaches Sunday School and is active in many aspects of the church life. The fact that the Church says nothing validates the practices in the eyes of the ones choosing what has been legalized, so there is no fear of what God may think.

I encourage you to love them with all of your heart; don’t reject the person, because you must reject the practice. Keep connected with their lives so they know you do care, praying for them; but also, pray fervently for the church to stand boldly for what the Lord has written in His Word. The easier way is to just say nothing, but it’s time to stand up and speak out for God’s laws that bring true peace to His children, His created loved ones. God never ordained his priests/pastors to make their own laws; God’s prophets speak His truth, not declare God’s favor in the midst of a climate of tolerance for what God calls sin.

I’ll not do my usual expounding on the verses I read this week, but would very much appreciate your comments, if you’d like to share them.

From Jeremiah 5:30-31…

 “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:
 The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way.

But what will you do in the end?”

One day, whether through physical death or through the Rapture of the Church, all of us will stand before God to give an account “in the end.” Regardless of what your national government may have legalized, God is asking each of us in the Church, “But, what will you do in the end?”


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