Why do we have such a hard time letting God sit on His throne? I wasn’t sure if I should title this replacement theology or simply idolatry. The point is that we seek to replace God with our own version of Him that suits our lifestyle. A straight forward approach to His word has suddenly become out of touch with culture. Can I tell you that God didn’t send his Son to earth to save culture or to fit neatly into societal norms.
“Wilt thou also disannul my judgement? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?” (Job 40:8)
Let that verse sink in and process it. Are American Christians condemning God so they may be righteous? Our morals are changing as a society, but God’s morals are staying rock solid where they have always been. We don’t want to simply submit to His ways and bend our knee to his established version of good and evil. We break out our tools and begin crafting a new version of God that suits us a little better.
Can I tell you that you’re not going to have it both ways? You are going to serve the one true living God and be at enmity with the rest of the world and the rest of religion, or you are going to be serving an idol of God that you have created in your imagination and some fancy scripture twisting to ease your conscience.
This isn’t to say that you a Christian sets out to find a way to make war or start trouble with those around you, of course not. You set out to share the gospel, to love others, and to glorify God. The truth though is mutually exclusive. Something cannot be true and false at the same time. Today moral relativism is running rampant. That may be right for you, but not for me. This line of reasoning ultimately leads to a world of meaninglessness that is void of destiny or purpose.
Denying our flesh and our desires to sin is a brutal task. Harder than any other task a man or woman (yes, it’s one or the other and that is all) can set their heart to undertake. Giving up your own way, especially if you feel like you’re in the right; or justified. Jesus left us an example though and some advice. “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:28)
Lets make sure we are all bearing our cross and pressing in the direction of Jesus and his commandments in the face of a culture that is seeking to redefine Him. My government said that it was ok will not hold up on judgement day.
I pray that God stokes our fire for holy living and intimacy with Him. God bless.