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Recently someone told me I must make a lot of people angry through my column.
My intention is never to make anyone angry, or in any way do anything but share the word of God.
Does God’s word make people uncomfortable or even angry? Sure it does. I often write about my personal struggle with sin and my salvation, and feel shameful at some of my own transgressions when I read such blazingly clear and direct charges God asks of his children.
In our society it is so easy to think, “well the Bible says doing this or that is wrong, but everyone else is doing it so it is really not that bad.”
This is completely 100 percent what the devil wants and is wrong. Our society bows down to idols in the form of money, success, television, value in self worth, corrupt talk, sexual immorality, alcoholism, etc. These are our modern day idols.
Put in perspective the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In Chapter 3 of Daniel, these three men refused to bow down and worship their king and master Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image.
In turn the king told them “if you do not worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
Their response in verse 16-18: “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.
“But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
As the story goes, they were thrown into the fire and God spared them from death.
In our culture, we do not face earthly death for following God’s rules, and we still disobey. What if we had to stand up for our faith or be thrown into a blazing furnace? Would we stand up for our Christian values when persecuted when we don’t stand up for them when we are not?
Now to a better question: How can we remain silent and look the other way when it comes to offending men, but we don’t think twice about offending God with our shallow response to his word?
Do we truly aspire to bethe people that God calls us to be, or do we attempt to substitute a form of obedience that is created by our own standards? Do we truly worship God or are we worshiping ourselves?
David Platt says, “You ask any convert to Christianity, why did Jesus come to earth, live a sinless life, and die on the cross of Calvary? The answer would most likely be ‘in order that I might be saved’ the object of that response is me.”
Therefore we are worshiping ourselves. God did not have to die in order to complete me, in order that I might have my best life now.
God loved us enough to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. We deserve only the reward of our sin, death and eternal separation from our God. Our only purpose in life is to glorify the creator.
Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg.