1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Those of us involved in the political and secular world, who debate and discuss the goings on in Washington DC or The Swamp, Hollywood and Academia, who endeavor to understand as well as perhaps educate others about the issues of the day have noticed something alarming and downright frightening. It has been on the horizon for the last decade or so, looming over our country. What is it?
LAWLESSNESS…better known as SIN
Oh, lawlessness (SIN) has always been amongst us. After all, reading the scriptures up above we recognize that lawlessness has been a part of human life since the Fall in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve broke the first law. What has been looming over the horizon is not just sin, but the acceptance of sin as normal and now, even preferable and good.
Civilzation has always tried to contain lawlessness with, well… LAWs, and for the most part citizens here in America did their best to follow the rules and laws, follow the expected polite behavior, manners, and mores and morals that civilization expected of its citizens. Somewhere along the line we stopped trying, we began accpeting sin as normal. We can debate for days about when that happened, why it happened, how that happened, but I would rather speak to you of returning to the days of law and order, normalacy and decency.
Lawlessness has now become fashionable, not just for those who are lawless already, for the criminals; but for those who we’ve always counted on to hold back the lawlessness. Our churches and pastors, priests and elders have given up naming sin as sin, and thrown in with the sinners hoping to gain their attendence. Those in government, those we elect to govern, to write our laws and enforce them, are ungovernable themselves. Network media anchors whom we used to trust to tell us the truth are lying unapoligetically, and guilting the rest of us if we don’t join them in believing the lies. Political parties are framing their campaigns in rebellion, and in the breaking of long-established rules of conduct they used to uphold publically, they now brazenly reject. Courts of Law now engage in partisan activism and not in upholding the written law but rather rewriting it to suit agendas. College professors who have long hidden their disdain for law behind their sheepskin diplomas, nevertheless, are now writing, teaching and speaking aloud their hatred for the Law and demanding their students do the same. Even primary and secondary educators deny truth and teach lies to their young charges and in many cases corrupt their innocence as well. And our entertainers, those who once feared losing their place on society’s pedestal if they ‘fell’ and the public became aware of their sin, are now openly and proudly bragging about their lack of morals and creating that which was once perverse and rightfully banned for family entertainment.
What is even worse, if indeed it can be worse, is now they’re calling Lawlessness Moral and good, patriotic and righteous.
Isaiah 5:20-23 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter. 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. 22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, and champions in mixing beer, 23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of justice.…
Notice that the word WOE is used three times here; Use of a word three times in the Bible is so rare that it is only done when the holiness of God is described as in Revelation 4:8 and again in Isaiah 6:3. Jesus used the word “woe” seven times in Matthew chapter 23 indicating a completeness of the woes (or judgments) of God as seven is the number of completion or perfection, indicating God’s judgment will be complete and perfectly just.
The loss of truth, morality, law and order will bring the end of any nation and civilization because God will judge a nation for its sin. Woe will come upon the people. So what is a nation to do? Is there a way to return to law and order, civility and decency? Can we save our country and our civilization?
2 Chronicles 7:14 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Notice if you will, this call to humility and repentance isn’t directed at those who are lawless, and openly sinning in rebellion towards God.. it is to those who call themselves by the name of God. It is God’s people, the salt and the light, who must repent and call upon the Lord for the healing of their nation.
Thank you and God bless.