And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Luke 16:15 ESV
The last part of this verse is what stands out to me. What is exalted among men is an abomination to God. That one sentence speaks volumes about what enthralls us as human beings. The things that we think are so heroic and wonderful are disgusting to God. This is why when God’s word speaks against the things we think are glorious we as self absorbed humans get very upset. We don’t want to hear anything contrary to what we believe to be great human advancements.
Morally speaking the great advances in society today are not pleasing to God. The things that have become the norm for the world today are abnormal to the creator of all that is good. The problem today is that hearts are hardened toward God and his teachings, both without and within the christendom.
Rather than offend the created, we offend the creator. What is considered political correctness today and moral superiority is actually the lowering of moral standards, so that some may not be offended or feel left out. Truth be told including immoral behavior as normal behavior leaves the immoral and supporters of the immoral outside of God’s forgiveness. What man considers great strength and courage God considers woeful weakness.
Some verses to consider: For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:21,22,28, 32 (ESV) These words were penned about two thousand years ago, but speak to us today. If we claim to be followers of Jesus and yet support what ought not be done we are just as lost as those that we support in their ungodly behavior.
Christianity is now a couple millennia old, how is it that today many believe that God has changed his opinion on what he finds to be an abomination? Its time to stand for what we know to be right, to do otherwise is to sin against God. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:1,2 (ESV)
Let’s follow Jesus, and love those that are lost in sin enough to help them see the need to change.
© 2014 Leo J. Woodman