What is Right

Job 34:4 “Let us choose for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.”

American politics have become somewhat of a circus sideshow these past few years. What was once a position that brought much honor and responsibility, the office of President of the United States has turned into a spectacle, ridiculed by people across the globe.

The current administration has found a liking to comparing every social interest to the much grander scale of our country’s racial divide.

Today, marks the remembrance of a great man, Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King’s tireless efforts to vanquish racial disparity and bring about social change helped bring our country from the dark ages of injustice into a more biblically mandated system that recognizes each person for their worth, not their skin color.

With all the change that has occurred across the globe these past few decades, the change seems to be accelerating ever more today. Rights of individuals is a common theme in free countries, and if anyone steps on another’s “rights”, the fallout is dramatic. People have taken the theme of unalienable rights of people that was so prominent during the civil rights era and have expanded them to every walk of life.

It’s not uncommon to hear people shout about their right to have an abortion, the mantra “my body, my choice“, is screamed in marches and political rallies across the country. Strange how the very same politicians who pushed so hard for giving women the freedom to kill their own children, now place mandates on those same women to get vaccinated. I guess the whole “my body, my choice” thing is only applicable for the current political vibe.

As a child of the 80’s, I look back on America and wonder how a “christian” nation could ever treat another group of people so poorly over skin color. The stories are endless in the ways people were discriminated against, from “colored bathrooms”, to “colored drinking faucets”, sections of buses reserved only for whites, restaurants for whites only, the police got in on the act and would treat people differently because of the basic reason of skin color only….pathetic. If this is what a “christian” nation looks like, I would hate to see what America looks like when it’s not a “christian” nation……oh wait….this is what we are seeing now.

Racial equality from the 1960’s has turned into gender dysphoria today. Gender Dysphoria, is a concept designated in the DSM-5 as clinically significant distress or impairment related to a strong desire to be of another gender, which may include desire to change primary and/or secondary sex characteristics.

How did the pendulum of social justice turn into the madness we see today? Young men now dress up as women and compete in athletics, destroying all of the competition. Mayors who are biologically male run as women and win elections. Bathrooms are treated like multi gender expressions of personal rights while children are systematically being indoctrinated with these beliefs everyday in schools. The few people that complain are only castigated by society as old relics of a system denounced long ago.

Maybe if America had in the past truly acted in a way that was biblical, we wouldn’t be seeing the insanity that rules today.

I wonder what Dr. King would think of the America of today? What many forget is that Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of God first, and he built his foundation on the Word of God. He understood what a true biblical mandate looked like and the America of the 1960’s wasn’t it.

Isaiah 11:1-5 “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

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His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

This prophecy of the coming Messiah was a description of how Jesus was going to address the world.

Jesus understood that our appearance was not the determining factor for what kind of people we are, nor the way we speak, or the language we use.

Jesus looked upon the heart and judged in righteousness.

We would do well not to make the same mistakes our ancestors made in judging others by appearance. Now, I do not equate the biological characteristics of a person that genetically makes them unique with someone else’s decision to color their hair and put on lipstick. The characteristics that God made in us should never be brought into the same conversation with someone else’s freedom of expression.

With that being said, as believers in Christ who want to follow the biblical mandate Jesus represented—we should look to everyone as worthy to receive the gospel. Judgement of the world is relegated to God alone, our responsibility is to be the expression of Christ to the world.

Hatred for others should never be part of the lexicon of the true church of Christ.

So how do we know what is right and what is wrong?

The lines of morality have been blurred by this world, like a painting that has been left in the rain, the colors are running together. What used to considered wrong is now considered acceptable, what was once considered just and decent, is now considered hateful, or archaic.

All Flesh is like Grass

Have we considered the brevity of life? Do we take into account how our actions have a consequence?

Isaiah 40:6-8 “The voice said, “Cry out!”
And he said, “What shall I cry?”“

All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”

The breath of the Lord brings life and death. When the Lord blows upon you, what will remain?

Will the remnants of self expression be turned to dust and scattered to the wind, or will the precious gold of righteousness be what remains in you?

Doing what is right is doing what is godly.

Romans 8:29-30 “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

The call of God goes out across the land; “come to me all ye who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

“The world roils and turns, never satisfied with what it has, it turns on it’s own and devours it’s weak.”

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To those who respond to the call, life springs forth. Hope remains for all who walk in the light of the Savior, regardless of how troubling this world may seem.

If we fix our eyes on our circumstances or on the world around us, it can be quite disparaging. Keep your eyes above, stay true to God’s Word and we honor those who did so before us then we will see faith expressed the way it’s supposed to be—-in Love.

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