“And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?”
Ezekiel 14:2-3 (NKJV)
I recently came across an article titled “New Gods, New Sins” and there was a line in it that struck me as a “Yeppers” moment. “Whether through the courtroom, the legislature, the markets, or the media, the faithful acolytes of these “new gods” seek to punish anyone who dares defy the faith to which they have devoted themselves so fully.” I think we all have seen this play out as folks are being told to “mask up, stay socially distanced and follow the science.” To go against this simple commandment is to put oneself on trial in the court of public ridicule and is subjected to cancellation.
These “new gods” of science, climate change, sexual anarchy, and social transformation have successfully occupied the forefront of everyday thinking so much, that any attention given to an act of human kindness better fall within these four categories or it just isn’t interesting. As a matter of fact, it seems that every act of human kindness better fall into one of these four categories or else it will be seen as an act of prejudice and you could be called a bigot. Sad, but true.
Now, at the risk of being found guilty of a “thoughtcrime” here, human beings have been tricked into trusting in their own philosophies, political affiliations and social norms ever since the Devil enticed Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5) And don’t forget guys, Adam followed his wife’s leading into doing the same, so we’ve been doubly duped in this.
However, don’t get me wrong here, we are called to be good stewards of our surroundings, science does prove there’s a Creator, we also must maintain our ground on what God says about sex, and we should always engage the society that is around with truth, but ours is to be a Biblical view not this display of a chaotic Secularland view. The Apostle Paul pens this to the church at Corinth…
“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
As much as we may try, there are those who will refuse to respond to El Elyon’s offer of salvation. It ain’t your fault, it wasn’t the apostle’s fault back in their time and we certainly shouldn’t look at our church leadership, and think to ourselves, “They ain’t doin’ enough.” Au contraire, there are those who, just flat out refuse to listen to the message of saving grace and will put their faith in those things that will rust and rot. So, what’s our part in this all? I refer us to the end of John’s Gospel.
Peter is being restored and yet he still cast’s an eye upon the disciple whom Jesus loved and went, “What about that guy?” Jesus’ response seems to be quick and decisive, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow Me.” (John 21:22) I kinda feel this sums up the whole matter on how we are to watch these reasonable people and their idolatry.
Ya see, ultimately God has allowed what we are watching to occur. Don’t believe me? Then let me to refer you to Romans 1:18-32 as a reference point. You’ll see that this stuff has been going on for centuries, so it’s nothing new to El Elyon. A 30-year-old Ezekiel was given clear answers by the Kebar River on why God’s people are in the Babylonian exile. It wasn’t that they didn’t keep the Law as much as it was in their worship of gods (that were made up) other than YHVH.
I was told a long time ago to be careful with my “Holy Spirit Wings” when it came to telling the world around me their need to be in right relationship with God by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I found out the hard the way that there are times when I wasn’t gonna be received (like French cuisine, presentation is everything) and it was discouraging…But God. By staying in His Word and maintaining my walk (I still need maintenance) I understand why Jesus said, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do” as He hung from The Cross for the sins of all. Amen?
Written by Chris Hughes: Chris is a husband, a father, has an education in Biblical doctrine and is a graduate of The Colony of Mercy. He has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: “You don’t have to go to heathen lands to find false Gods. America is full of them. Whatever you love more then God is your idol.” – D.L. Moody