On Monday morning I sat down with a cup of coffee and the national news for the first time in a long time. One of the top stories was about the Annual Grammy music awards and marriages. It seems that the Grammys took this opportunity to get political on the issue of gay marriages by performing the marriage ceremonies of 33 couples while the world looked on. Oh, and there were some heterosexual couples in that group for good measure.
All I could think was “'how much longer LORD will you tolerate our nation’s celebration of sin!” God's timing and ours are so different but His Word is Truth and His Word says, “He will not be mocked.”
Galatians 6:7 (ESV) Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Wrathful - The personal manifestation of God's holy, moral character in judgment against sin. Wrath is neither an impersonal process nor is it irrational and fitful like anger. It is in no way vindictive or malicious. It is holy indignation‑‑ God's anger directed against sin. God's wrath is an expression of His holy love. If God is not a God of wrath, His love is no more than frail, worthless sentimentality; the concept of mercy is meaningless; and the Cross was a cruel and unnecessary experience for His Son.
John 3:36 (ESV) Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Romans 1:18-19 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
Romans 2:8-9 (ESV) but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
It seemed fitting to me to finish this blog with the words from Ephesians 5 sometimes called the Love Chapter. It tells us how to be, how to walk in love, how not to walk, consequences for walking wrongly, how we used to walk, and who not to company with, and gives final words of counsel on walking.
Ephesians 5:1-21 (ESV)
How to be: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
How to walk in love: And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
How not to walk: But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Consequences for walking wrongly: Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Who not to company with: Therefore, do not become partners with them;
How we used to walk: for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
Final words of counsel on walking: Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Love you all and pray the morsels of God's Word sink deep into your souls!