When Moral Lines Are Blurred
Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him. — Malachi 3:18
There is a distinction between right and wrong. But our problem is we don't always see the distinction. Or maybe we don't want to see it because it would condemn us.
And this is a significant issue in our world. Individuals, businesses, media, teachers, and preachers intentionally blur the lines between right and wrong to get the outcome they want. So they will do or allow certain things to happen that they believe will give them an advantage. For example, they will tell the truth most of the time but then spin it with a tiny bit of disinformation. Some even justify it as half truth, not a full lie.
The problem with this is that when it's repeated long enough, our judgment becomes blurred. Then our moral standards shift. And if this new standard gives us an advantage, we will confirm and even defend our position. As a result, the former moral standard is lost because we have blurred the lines with too many half-truths. What we have done is created our own standard. And even worse, every individual has their own. So now we have our own ideas about gender, marriage, government, and happiness, but guess what? None of them line up with God's standards.
But this is not true for the redeemed. They have a different perspective because they know theirs is always skewed. They are fully aware that they need someone outside of themselves to determine the moral standard. And they have conceded that only God can do this. He is righteous, holy, and unchanging; therefore, his standard is best. So they have decided to serve him, and in serving him, they see with new sight because they are given redeemed minds. For those who serve God, the distinction is easy to see.
So if you are irritated with all the immorality happening today, good for you, this might be because you serve God and have a redeemed mind.
ASK THIS: Are you irritated with the immorality you see today and even in you?
DO THIS: Serve God.
PRAY THIS: God, help me see the distinction in the world and in me.
PLAY THIS: Redeemed.
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So many even within the church defend billionaires, calling them brilliant or deservedly wealthy, though Christ said the rich may not enter heaven, indeed that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than that a rich man may enter heaven (Matthew 19:23-24). In modern America we’re told to equate success with admirable qualities. But GOD says woe to the rich, they will be cast down, they have already received their comfort and soon they will hunger and mourn (Luke 6:24-26). It is the poor and downtrodden that receive God’s love and that every Christian should be fighting for. Those of us with great privilege may easily lose sight of this holy truth. But the BIBLE brings its constantly back before our eyes.
I am amazed at how easily church people are duped. Add some element that is perceived as religious, a prayer, invoke God’s name into it, and by definition it is right.
I am praying and hoping that studying, meditating on, and memorizing Scripture will be the priority for every man who calls themself a Christ follower. One cannot model or teach Truth until they first know Truth. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by Your Truth! Your Word IS Truth!” John 17:17. Let’s be men of THE Word!
Thanks for reminding me. It’s not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of the Lord.
Great message on when moral lines are blurred.
Message has made me reflect and evaluate my morale
God is Good
Have a great day all!
Type and erase. Type and erase. I do struggle with the world and my flesh in it. But I am trying to live by faith and let it go. Lord help me as I struggle to do so.