As our world seemingly falls apart more and more each day. It is easy to point fingers and to blame others.
We see this being lived out live on TVs and the internet across America and the world.
But as I watch the chaos all around us. I realized how quick we too can jump on the bandwagon and join the crowd. How quick we can give into compromise and excuse sin.
If you have ever read the book of Judges, you know that the book ends with the verse, “and everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).”
How did the Israelites get to this point? How did our world come to this?
For the Israelites it began when they failed to obey the word of God. Rather than driving out their enemies as God instructed, they lived among them. And because they failed to obey, but instead compromised, God allowed their enemies to become a thorn in their sides and a snare.
Rather than being a light and changing those they lived among, the Israelites became like their enemies, and began to serve the gods of the land. Before long the Bible makes it clear that they had turned from the Lord and done evil in His eyes. And in the midst of this a new generation came forth who neither knew the Lord nor what He had done for Israel.
I see this clearly among the world today.
As we (the church) have made compromises and excused sin, we have become more and more like the world.
As we (God’s people) have blamed others for our sins, the snares of this world have pulled us under.
As we (you and I) have become indifferent to sin, our hearts have grown cold for the things of God, and because our hearts have grown cold, we have failed to teach and train the new generation to know and obey God’s Word.
I noticed a pattern as I read this morning:
- When we fail to obey the Lord, we will make compromises and excuse sin.
- When we excuse sin, we will become hard hearted
- When we become hard hearted, we will become indifferent and calloused.
- When we become indifferent, we will fail to study God’s Word, much less teach God’s Word.
- When we fail to study and teach God’s Word, we will do evil in God’s sight and become like the world.
Oh it is easy to point fingers and to blame, but difficult to examine our own hearts. Yet, as we allow God to examine our own hearts and show us our sin, we realize change must begin with us.
God has called us as believers to be salt and light. To be like beacons on a hill. He has set us apart to be different.
Yet how easy it is to hide our lights under the bushel, to remain seated when we need to make a stand. To become indifferent to the things of God, and become more and more like the world.
Paul warns us in Galatians that a little leaven leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:9). Solomon warns us to beware of the little foxes that seeks to destroy the vine.
Why? Because it is the little things that lead to the big. It is the small compromises that lead to indifference.
If we really want to change the world, and make a difference. The change must begin with us. And for any change to take place, we must get back to the basics. The study of God’s Word, time spent in prayer, and seeking to walk in obedience to the Word of God.
What does the world need now?
The world needs Jesus.
May you and I seek to be a light to change the world, rather than allowing the world to change us.
True change begins with us, the church, the people of God.