Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Return.6

"As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the time of the coming of the Son of Man. In the days that preceded the great flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and carelessly celebrating, until the day that Noah entered into the ark.

It was the same in the days of Lot. Men and women ate and drank, bought and sold, planted and built. But on the day that Lot departed from Sodom, it rained fire and molten sulfur from heaven, and destroyed them all. 

So will it be on the day that the Son of Man is revealed."
The recent exposure of Planned Parenthood's selling of human body parts is deeply disturbing.  Even more disturbing, however, is how quickly the culture moved on.  We treat the most troubling aspects of our society like any crash scene: we slow down, gawk for a few minutes, take out our cellphones, click a picture, post on social media, give our opinion and move on. 

Whether it's human beings chopped up and sold off for financial gain, or human beings deflating footballs for financial gain, its all the same when it comes to our culture's superficial attempts to express outrage - there is NO distinction between what truly matters and inanity.  

"This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I have done no wrong.'” --Proverbs 30:20

But it's that very careless indifference that has resulted in the harshest of God's necessary course corrections throughout mankind's history. He has established boundaries in the earth for the seas, the sands, the habitable and inhabitable places. So also spiritual and moral boundaries. Individuals live with the consequences of crossing those boundaries; often bringing judgment in their own bodies and certainly within their own families. And when communities begin to adapt, accept, embrace and promote sinful attitudes and actions making excuses for and defending, yea, assaulting those who resist, there comes a point when God must intervene on a larger scale. 

John's Revelation formally introduces the world to the four agents he has used historically to enforce his spiritual/moral boundaries: Conquest, War, Pestilence and Famine.When righteousness has lost its ability to move a society toward the character of God, He is left with little recourse but to move it himself.

Of all the examples Jesus could have chosen from, Noah and Lot represent mankind's inclination to go from utter indifference to maniacal assault against the self-evident truths of God.

God's judgement is certain, history proves it.  But as in all things, Jesus is the final hope that Righteousness will prevail!  Faith in Him and obedience to Him is the distinction separating His followers from the careless indifference and truth assault taking place in the world today!