At this point in time all Christians require courage, Sadly billions demonstrate that they can’t see the reasons for expressing loyalty to God’s Kingdom, taking the option of supporting their own governments and social norms.
An example of a young person with the courage we require is Joseph, son of Jacob, wrongfully convicted but he displayed courage. Many today judge him as a fool, because if he had been intimate with Potiphars wife it would have saved him from prison. Was that really what mattered to him? His response was clear and set a standard “how could I sin against God?”
Today Christians accept infidelity and “living in sin” as something that God tolerates. Yet the bible standard remains “Flee from fornication”. There aren’t listed following that admonition a list of exceptions for the future generations.
This includes pornography – the bible record states that Job made a covenant with his eyes not to look upon another woman. Jesus stated that anyone looking at a woman so as to have a passion for her was guilty of adultery (fornication).
Just because we can access sexual content 24/7 and do so in private it doesn’t give us licence to ignore the original counsel. Time doesn’t dilute the standard the churches do.
It was different then
We have inherited words from history that indicate that all of these features of modern morality were around at the time of Jesus and the Apostles. What it is mean to be “Corinthian”? well here is your answer 1 Corinthians 6: 9 “Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality,10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.” when we describe someone or something as Corinthian it isn’t a complement we are labelling them as immoral. Also the Greeks gave us a number of words that describe those who engage in this style of behaviour.
So why do we need courage?
Simply put God’s standards haven’t changed and our salvation depends on maintaining the right standards. 1 Corinthians 6: 11 goes on to say “And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful for me, but I will not let myself be controlled by anything.”
Christians stood out from the rest of society, labelled criticised, ridiculed and often singled out for special attention to make them break God’s standards. The same applies today “peer pressure” establishes new norms and endeavours all to reach the lowest common denominator, to stand firm takers real courage.
James 1: 2 “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet with various trials,3 knowing as you do that this tested quality of your faith produces endurance.4 But let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything.” James continues that if we lack faith then pray for it and Jehovah God gives generously.
We face real tests of faith but often it is our daily standards that tell others if we are Christians, if we are afraid to speak out on matters of morality, remember Lots was tormented by the conduct of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gommorrah are we when we see churches full of people who are openly not living in line with the Bible. Are we prepared to seperate ourselves from these persons who have no regard for God’s Standards. It is challenging and requires the confidence that we are doing the right thing.
We don’t develop the resolve by listening to our Peers, the leaders of this world or the intellectuals it comes from our own solid confidence in what we know to be true.
It isn’t my place to tell or demand others live by God’s standards I can only echo the words of the courageous man Joshua 24: 14 “Therefore, fear Jehovah and serve him with integrity and faithfulness, and remove the gods that your forefathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt, and serve Jehovah.15 Now if it seems bad to you to serve Jehovah, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, whether the gods that your forefathers served on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amʹor·ites in whose land you are dwelling. But as for me and my household, we will serve Jehovah.”
Yes we need to examine God’s dealings with his creation, build our confidence in his ability to save us and then decide to live in harmony with his original standards for humans.
How? Study the Bible for ourselves don’t let others tell us what we are to do or think, learn and think about what you know and then decide. If you decide that God’s standards are too restrictive then that is an informed choice. But to follow the Christian Church without knowing what the Bible really teaches is folly and will lead to pain.
We are not the sort to shrink back but we are Christians exercising faith publically and acknowledging others will not like the moral standards we keep because by doing so we condemn those who say God doesn’t care, hasn’t got our best interests at heart.
Remember it is the Truth that sets us free not public opinion and the Christian Churches. Now is the time to study the bible.