No Woe To Us, Just A Warning
Read Matthew Chapter 11
Mt 11:20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
I cannot read this passage without my thoughts turning to the U.S.A. What country in the world has more access to the truth of the gospel than America? There are others we could say have equal access, but I can think of no other which has more spiritual truth revelation at its fingertips. This passage is Jesus speaking. His point is obvious – those who have had more chances to believe will suffer most in the end, because they will have had more opportunity to see and understand truth than those who have had little opportunity.
Also, my mind also turns specifically to SSA men and women in western cultures, who have every reason to know God’s truth on the subject of homosexuality. I especially fear for the fate of men and women who have at one time adhered to God’s truth on the matter, but are now in complete denial on the subject. There really is nothing we can do for them. The truth has been clearly laid out before them, and it was rejected.
As to you and I, who have not yet allowed ourselves to be deceived, we must be extremely wary. When we make our mistakes in that area, we do so with full understanding of truth. That’s sad. Of course, we have come to our times of repentance, and are forgiven for no other reason but the enormous amount of grace and mercy we have been freely given by our Lord and Savior. For that we are eternally grateful. But we should know better. We do know better. We have been given full revelation of the sinfulness of homosexual behaviors. We are completely void of any excuses.
We have seen the “miracles” of lives changed through the mercy of God. Our spiritual lives have been enriched because the Spirit has revealed truth to us. Fortunately, we have “repented in sackcloth and ashes,” as Jesus said would have happened if truth had been as easily accessible in Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom. Because of that, we must be even more diligent to heed God’s words and instructions. Korazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum had truth revealed to them, and failed to believe it. We simply cannot allow ourselves to distance ourselves from what we have seen and what we know. Let us be very committed to remain faithful to what we have learned and know.
Prayer: Lest we forget, Lord, keep reminding us of Your word and Your instructions about same-sex attractions. We cannot allow ourselves to believe we cannot be deceived. Keep us close by Your side, that we will always clearly understand and cling to Your wisdom in regard to all things, especially homosexuality.