But to the wicked, God says: “What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips? You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you. Psalm 50:16-17
When I look around, I have to wonder if people believe that God is holy. Do they know what this means? It means we are to please God. You could say I am concerned about this nation and the status of our faith. What’s happened to us? When did right become wrong and wrong become right? Or evil become good and good become evil? How is it that we ban Christ from our schools, but welcome other gods as if these were equal to the true God? Why do others try to make us see the world through the eyes of the wicked, rather than God’s eyes?
I wish I could answer these questions. I honestly do. I recently read where Marines want to be the best service when it comes to recruiting homosexuals and trans-genders. Adultery runs rampant, people change genders and the world calls them heroes and young people have no problem living together without marriage. Out of wedlock childbirths are common. Abortion continues to tear the life from precious gifts.
Have we looked in the mirror America? God asks what right do we have to declare His promises from our lips, proclaim it to the lost and live as if we see the world through the lens of the wicked. Somehow, we have lost the ability to see the world from God’s eyes. Is there any wonder that we have lost God’s favor and now experience high unemployment and debt beyond what we could have imagined.
God says we hate instruction. We cast His words behind us. We ignore them, justify them or believe God will somehow overlook our deceit. Essentially, we deceive ourselves into thinking God is just like us. And somehow, He will understand and accept our sins. Who are we to think this way? Please, as I tell young people, if you participate openly in sin, please do not tell anyone you are a Christian. You are an embarrassment to the faith. You do immense harm to the name of Christ. You reek of hypocrisy. You lift up unholy hands, expecting Him to bless you, but He cannot do this.
Does this sound harsh? Think about how we treat the One who gave us life, forgave our sins, given us eternity as a gift, and mock Him as if He understands our rebellious hearts. In essence, we want the benefits of His name, but not His holiness. Like some modern day friends with benefits, we go whoring after other gods, while leaving the true God behind.
How have we come this far? What caused us to lose the light? Why are we walking in darkness? Evangelists, who shill for money, sound more like used car salesmen, than men of God. Teachers who do not have the desire to teach others about sin, the sacrifice it took to save us, and the Word that calls us to service in Christ gain considerable following from those who want their ears tickled.
I weep, before you. My heart weeps, as I think about what we’re doing to His name. Wake up church? Open your eyes! Take off the blinders. We cannot continue down this path of destruction. Oh, but you say we have grace. Grace? Grace is not to give us room to continue in sin. Grace keeps God’s wrath from destroying us. If you think God sits back and ignores this stench we call sin, you don’t know God. You cannot hide your sin, behind your testimony of His love. He’s not withholding His love from you. No, He’s withholding His wrath. The same godly anger that struck down Sodom and Gomorrah is the same anger that shows itself through the ongoing destruction of this nation. No, we have not yet felt the fullness of His wrath, but we may one day experience it, because we no longer serve the true God, but a God that is nothing more than a figment or an idol that lives within our imaginations. A God, just like us, who tolerates sin and accepts all sorts of evil from His people.
Listen to God’s Words in Psalm 50, “When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers. You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit. You speak continually against your brother and slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was altogether like you. But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face” (v 18-21).
Do you hear what God is saying to us? He says that in our wickedness, we do not fear Him, because we see Him as someone like us. For this reason, God says He will scold us and accuse us to our face. Wake up! The rebuking has already begun.
And like so many nations, before us, who thought they could get away with their rebellion against God, we, too, will cease to exist as a free nation. God says, Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue” (Psalm 50:22).
However, if we turn to Him and present our thank offerings to Him, by becoming living sacrifices, Holy unto Him, He says, “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God” Psalm 50:23
By Lynn Sheldon