Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Praying for a Turn Back to God

He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.” ~ Ezekiel 8:15

Speaking to Ezekiel, God was showing the prophet the "detestable" acts of the rebellious children of Israel. Over and over again, with each detestable act He revealed, God told Ezekiel he would see acts even more detestable.

Today, in our culture, whenever someone points to the Bible and names detestable acts that have become quite common today, that person is quickly denounced as a judgmental bigot by non-believers. That's not surprising, since those doing the denouncing don't believe.

But another thing I hear and read often in response, by believers, is something along the lines of, "God is love," insinuating that God would never punish us, not even for becoming a culture that embraces those detestable acts. I've also heard believers claim that many acts, called detestable in His word, aren't offensive to God because the believer committing the act gets enjoyment or fulfillment from it. The idea that God wants us to be happy, and this makes me happy, so it must be okay with God permeates our culture today.

And this is how we justify committing, accepting, and embracing things God called detestable, even as we claim to believe.

But remember, God is the same today as He has always been. He does not change. What is good today was good when Moses led the people of Israel into the wilderness. What was detestable then is detestable now. We don't get to define something as good or bad, right or wrong, when God defined it millenia ago!

God severely punished Israel for its rebellion because the people refused to turn back to God. We need a revival. We need a movement of repentance. We need to read, study, and embrace the word of God, not just the idea of God.

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