Matthew 14:1-21; Leviticus 20-21; Proverbs 30
A professor I had once said, “The problem with Christians is that no one wants to kill them anymore.” He was, of course, speaking about Christians here in the US. Christians in other parts of the world have been dealing with distress, persecution and martyrdom for a long time. God’s people have undergone persecution since He has had a people. We have a strange propensity to speak truth to power. That was John’s problem during the days Jesus walked on the earth. “Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of Herod’s brother Philip. That’s because John told Herod, ‘It’s against the law for you to marry her.’ Although Herod wanted to kill him, he feared the crowd because they thought John was a prophet.” (Matthew 14:3-5) When a government, or anyone in power in business or industry, goes past what is right and begins doing things for convenience, we as God’s people are called to speak God’s truth to power. We live in an age where so many consider truth, and thus right and wrong, to be up for a majority vote. God’s standards are inconvenient to most people, myself included, because they hold us accountable for our actions and so often sin is disguised as fun. People’s opinions all hold the same weight – unless they are based on God’s word, in which case their ideas are too antiquated for our current age. We have truth to speak to people today that comes from God’s word. People are rebelling against God. God loves them but He punishes sin. Forgiveness for sin comes only through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. There is hope, salvation and rescue when we put our trust and our faith for life in the hands of Jesus Christ. If we stand true to those convictions and if we proclaim them to our world, we will soon get rid of the problem my professor talked about.
Dear God, we live in a time when so many consider truth to be fluid and based on the will of a majority. Use me to speak truth to this power. Let me do so in a loving and redemptive way, but never let me falter. May I be so close to You in a hostile world, that people who become convicted by Your truth either turn to You, or want to eliminate me.