By Neisha Potter
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
Humanity seeks to replace Christ for the pursuit of an unconventional uncharted path in order to fulfill life’s void and establish secret bliss that is apparently, yet to be discovered. Off-the-wall culture attributes spirituality to forces in the universe by sending out positive energy which will not return void.
The one true God is no longer good enough because within his framework we discover limits, boundaries and expectations. The modern day approach is that if it feels good we should have the right to divulge as we see fit. “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil,” John 3:19.
Society’s favorite comeback is ‘don’t judge me’ in order to dodge accountability while others respond by testifying ‘only God can judge me’ without having a clue about God’s judgment as outlined in scripture. We are to call one another to accountability, and sharpen one another through fellowship, “so watch yourselves! If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance – forgive,” Luke 17:3.
Granted, God’s mercy and forgiveness expands far beyond our comprehension. He is a God of clemency, but people purposefully forget and even deny that He is also a God of wrath and judgment. His anger is righteous anger – scripture embodies condemnation for those who do not repent and turn away from their sinful habits. Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God (Romans 12:2; Matthew 3:8). Those who believe and repent become heirs in the kingdom of God (Romans 8:17).
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (Romans 12:2; 2 Peter 3:9).
This world is walking away from Christ, murder is rampant in the streets, schools, malls and movie theaters across the soil that we call home, drugs are the next best thing to utopia, and people are cursed with STD’s from the sins of lust and fornication and homosexuality makes a mockery of God’s magnificent creation.
Society defends homosexuality with the rebuttal that no one would choose to be gay, as though they realize it is a disgrace that no one would choose for themselves, but the sickness within a murderous mind is not a life that someone chooses either – yet we still define murder as sin.
Culture attacks Christians for judging others, yet Christians are mere messengers – sharing the gospel to the ends of the earth, the Great Commission, as scripture commands: “therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Christians should not abandon the Lord in order to justify the sins of culture – Christians should love the sinner, yet hate the sin. Regarding the Duck Dynasty controversy, one homosexual lobbyist stated, “The world is changing, the country is changing and even the state in which Mr. Robertson lives is changing and he needs to get in line.” So the world needs to conform to those who spat in the face of God?
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:27). This is not the judgment of Christians, but teachings from the written Word of Almighty God.
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord (Ephesians 4:18; Isiah 26:10).
“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen,” Jude 1:17-25.
Neisha Potter is a married mom of three. Potter graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a BAS in Christian Ministry and Psychology.