Revelation 19; Isaiah 5-6; Psalm 109:20-31
I have a simple standard for right and wrong in most cases: if the Bible says something is good, or right, I think it’s good; if the Bible says something is wrong, or evil, I agree with the Bible again. I realize that’s a simplistic view of life in a complicated world especially since we have grown and expanded technologically far beyond the direct teachings of the Bible. I believe the principles taught in the Bible give us wisdom to deal with righteous living in a technologically advanced world.
I thought of that because in a recent discussion on a moral issue, the person I was talking with used this idea to support a side of the issue (and you can make your own guess on what the issue is – because the issue itself is not as important as the principle) “There are Christian pastors and leaders who support [this issue]. There are churches and denominations that support [this issue.]” When people bring up points like that, they are obviously not ready for a discussion about the Bible’s true teaching, so I just moved on.
That being said, religious leaders who have claimed to stand for God have always taught things contrary to God’s word. They led idol worship in the Temple; they sought to trip Jesus up while He was teaching, and they eventually brought Him to the cross. God has a word for religious leaders like that. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20)
That woe applies to any person who claims Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Our guideline for all of life is the Bible, God’s word. We should always stand firm on the truths of God’s word. That being said, we are called to show compassion and forgiveness to all people caught in sin. To those who claim to know God’s word and lead others astray, Jesus said it would be better for them to have a millstone tied around their neck. But to those who have been led astray and seek redemption, Jesus called from the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Let us seek to show God’s love and forgiveness to those who need His love and forgiveness.
Lord, there are many who have been led astray by people claiming to be Your people. Help me stay close to You so that I don’t lead others astray and so that I can show them Your love and forgiveness.