“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” Although not attributed now the quote describes the state of our society today.
2 Timothy 3: 1 “But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come on;2 for men will be selfish, money-mad, pretentious, proud, scurrilous, disobedient to parents, thankless, graceless, loveless, implacable, slanderers, slaves of appetite, ferocious, disinclined to goodness, traitorous, headstrong, conceited, more devoted to pleasure than to God, having a formulation of piety but denying its efficacy; eschew these too”
We see and accept these traits in those around us, honesty speaks in many cases where we can look at ourselves and say “Yes, to some degree that applies to me”.
Does that mean we have to be silent?
Are we compelled to refrain from being critical because we don’t match up perfectly?
Both questions establish a clear basis to look at who we are as an individual. The Apostle Paul made this statement at Romans 7: 21 “I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me.22 I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within,23 but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body.24 Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body undergoing this death?25 Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then, with my mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with my flesh to sin’s law.”
We battle against one law and promote another. Therefore, when we know something is wrong we know we should make our stand.
Notice how the Apostle Peter brings this to our attention 1 Peter 5: 9 “But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world.”
See things for what they are as described by Jesus half brothers James and Jude first in James 3: 15 “This is not the wisdom that comes down from above; it is earthly, animalistic, demonic” and Jude 18 “how they used to say to you: “In the last time there will be ridiculers, following their own desires for ungodly things.”19 These are the ones who cause divisions, animalistic men, not having spirituality.”
We live in countries that claim they are established on their tenets of faith but because those with faith fail to take a stand publicly the lines between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour Isaiah stated at Isaiah 5: 20 “Woe to those who say that good is bad and bad is good, Those who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, Those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
In the scripture quoted in the post from the letter of 2 Timothy 3: 5 “having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.” Godliness or piety is diluted and corrupted. Religious Leaders are allowing things to happen in their own place of worship that the Bible condemns, for example, remember that to be a Christian you have to follow the Christ. He instructed his Apostles to replace their swords and made it clear those who live by the sword are not his followers. A simple yet powerful position. Christians must accept that Jesus Christ is the leader and that he has the right to set the standards. To a Christian we must make the voice of truth known, explain what is acceptable but never deceive those who supplant evil for good. Their standard for God’s.
If the figures are correct from the census there are more Christians in the UK and US and yet evil continues to triumph because they fail to take their stand.
This isn’t a call to arms or collective action, because we stand up on own – one voice advocating God’s Kingdom in the hands of Jesus Christ. Others may stand with us but we must be prepared to stand alone. Jesus demonstrated how that has to be done.
Never lose sight of the promise that God is making all things new through his Kingdom. Take the time to study the bible, get to know Jehovah and give voice to what is right.
You can Enjoy Life Forever by making your personal stand for God’s Kingdom.