My heart is heavy with concern. There is danger involved in winking at and whitewashing evil.
And unfortunately, I see it all around me, and not just in the lives of those who have bought the enemy’s lies.
What really rips at my heart are fellow believers who cooperate with the enemy and encourage others to do the same.
Don’t get me wrong. We all fall short of God’s glory. All of us are sinners.
But it is so easy, especially in today’s world, to move off-track and take others with us. And that is dangerous territory indeed.
Danger Involved With “Family-Friendly” Companies
As mentioned in a previous post, I recently pulled my books from online marketplaces. My reason? I learned that many companies which sold my books fund activities contrary to God’s Word.
What I uncovered led to a deeper search. Appallingly, even “family-friendly” companies are involved.
Walt Disney, once synonymous with family-friendly entertainment, recently released a remake of Beauty and the Beast with a “gay moment.” They also sponsor GLAAD, an organization that supports same-sex marriage.
I warned about the movie on Facebook, praying it would flop because Christians took a united stand against it.
I feel certain that many did take that stand.
But based on posts by other Christian friends, I know that many believers not only supported the movie with their dollars, but also touted the movie, thereby encouraging others to support it as well.
Danger Involved With Whitewashing Evil
Some who praised the movie even mentioned that the gay moment was only a passing glance.
Folks, please hear me. It’s a passing glance this time to test the waters and to make it seem like no big deal. Next time, they’ll take it a step further. A lingering handshake. And then a kiss. And each time, something God calls an abomination will become more “normal” and accepted.
One small compromise at a time leads to waking up to a world we don’t recognize. Even worse, it leads to not recognizing that person staring back at us in the mirror.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. -Galatians 6:7
Do we really want to reap destruction, not only in our own lives, but the lives of our family and friends? Do we really want to be responsible for leading others down that path?
I know some think they are loving and gracious when they accept homosexuality. But is it loving and gracious to care so little for someone’s soul and spiritual condition?
Again, don’t get me wrong. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Christ-followers hate the sin and love the sinner.
It’s not our job to judge, condemn, and convict. But it is our job to be salt and light and watchmen. We mustn’t call “good evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20).
Danger Involved: Frogs and Ostriches
We’ve all heard how frogs jump from hot water, but when placed in cold water gradually heated to boiling, they die.
We’ve also heard how ostriches stick their heads in the sand during danger. Out of sight, out of mind.
Both metaphors apply.
We can’t afford to be complacent and apathetic. We are called to impact our world. If we refuse, the world and its spiral into moral decay will impact us instead.
Plain and simple.
No one can walk two roads at the same time. We can’t claim to follow Jesus and live contrary to His Word. Jesus put it this way: “ He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” Matthew 12:30
To put it another way, ask yourself this question with each decision you make:
Is this decision leading me closer to “Well done, my good and faithful servant” or “Go away from Me; I never knew you?”
Yes, we live in the dispensation of grace. But we are not to use God’s amazing grace as a license to sin (Romans 6:1-2; Romans 6:15-23; 1 John 3:6-9).
If we want better for America, we have to do better.
As believers, we need to make choices that put our families and our country back on the right path. This includes living wisely by making God-honoring choices, even if it’s not the popular or politically-correct thing to do.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life… Deuteronomy 30:19-20
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