The world is still doing what it has always done—misbehaving, disregarding God and all He represents. You would think with the frequency and intensity of troubling events the world would realize that something unusual is taking place.
“So it was that when they gave God up and would not even acknowledge him, God gave them up to doing everything their evil minds could think of. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness and sin, of greed and hate, envy, murder, fighting, lying, bitterness, and gossip.” (Romans 1:28-29, LAB)
Of course, the world thinks it’s smart enough to speculate and hypothesize why all these dire conditions are occurring, but if its theories don’t point to heaven—it’s all vainglorious foolishness. This is a time of reckoning; God is publicly revealing His displeasure with the inequality, dishonesty, cruelty, hatred, and so on that are running rampant.
Unfortunately, some of us who are believers in Christ are often unaware of how far we have drifted from the gospel to keep up with this fallen world. Because deception looms, we must weigh our actions by the Word of God, not by human standards, particularly how we treat one another.
Still cuttin’ up!
- Treating others the way we wouldn’t want to be treated. (Matthew 7:12)
- Taking advantage of the poor. (Proverbs 22:22)
- Conveniently excusing lying and other forms of deception. (Proverbs 19:9)
- Holding grudges and unforgiveness. (Matthew 6:14-15)
- Criticizing, belittling, and condemning others for their sins. (Romans 3:10)
If we know better, we ought to do better.
I genuinely think the mistreatment of one another will be our nemesis if we are guilty and don’t change our ways. How can we say we love God and mistreat our fellowmen? We can’t! (See 1 John 4:20.)
Those of us in Christ see the world misbehaving; however, the challenge is for us not to be persuaded by such acts of misconduct.
The world will get you in trouble!
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
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