1 Corinthians 5; 1 Kings 18; Amos 2:1-3:2
Ahab did not like Elijah. Elijah was a man of God and his very presence caused Ahab to recognize his own failings. Then, when Elijah disappeared, the drought came and Ahab hated Elijah even more. Ahab blamed Elijah for the drought. When Elijah re-appeared, Ahab let him have it. “Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, ‘Is that you, O troubler of Israel?'” (1 Kings 18:17) Ahab was on a path to personal and national destruction because he had forsaken God. He didn’t see that and blamed the one man who followed God for all the troubles. When God’s people are present in an unjust society they are accused of being troublemakers. They don’t fit in with the crowd. They don’t go along to get along. The Romans called the early Christians “atheists” because they wouldn’t worship the gods like everyone else – not even one little pinch of incense once a year. We see that today when Christians stand up for God’s standards. We are “kill-joys,” narrow-minded, judgmental. We are the “trouble” in society today. They want us to go ahead and have our faith – just not share it or let it affect our lives or theirs. Our mission in the face of such rejection is to keep on living in obedience to God and showing His love and grace for all people. The trouble we have in society today is not that Christians seek to influence it; it’s that too often we seek to get along with a corrupt society without showing the grace of God to that society.
O Lord, how easily I fit into society. I slide in quietly, avoid being noticed and slip away triumphant because I haven’t let society change me. I have failed to change this corrupt world. I have not been salt and light. I have not shown others Your grace. Forgive me of this failing and empower me to be Your change agent in this world.