Complacency And A Few Other Things
Read Zephaniah Chapter 1
Zep 1:4 “I will stretch out My hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests— 5 those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host, those who bow down and swear by the LORD and who also swear by Molech, 6 those who turn back from following the LORD and neither seek the LORD nor inquire of Him.
The Jews were very confident. They had no worries about their spiritual status with God. Yet, they were far from Him. In this passage, it is stated that the Jews bowed down and swore by the LORD. That’s enough, isn’t it? As long as men worship God (and Christ) they are in complete fellowship with God. They have no worries. Not so! In addition to their worship of God, they also worshiped Baal, the starry hosts, and Molech. They felt there was nothing wrong with covering all the bases. As they worshiped multiple “deities,” they believed that as long as God was among them, they were in good shape, spiritually.
Apparently God had a different opinion on the matter. Our Lord is a jealous God, one who requires complete loyalty from His children. His plan was to stretch out His hand against Judah and all its idolatrous priests. Their hearts were not in tune with Him. Their attempt at following the Lord was not sufficient in His eyes. A man who has more than one “god” truly does not know God. If he did, he would realize that he doesn’t need any other. Our God is sufficient for all our needs. All the other gods cannot supply even the smallest of our needs.
America and the western world in general have become complacent in its loyalty to God. Even though 80% of U. S. citizens claim to be Christian, many of them worship multiple gods. Baal, the starry hosts, or Molech may not be among them, but there are plenty others who take a place alongside God in their lives. How many Christians today rely upon something or someone other than God and Christ for their primary focus for existence today?
Naturally, our main focus today will be on those who rely on homosexual relationships for their comfort and joy. It is easy to say that one is a Christian. It is easy for a man or woman to attend church and spend an hour or two worshiping the Lord, paying homage to Him through songs and prayer, believing those things qualify as legitimate worship of their Creator and Savior. According to this passage from Zephaniah, that doesn’t cut the mustard, as we say in the south. They are only giving lip service to the Lord.
The gay church community today believes that they are right with God. How can we know that they are not? First we have the written word of God in our bibles. There is plenty of evidence therein to show that their lifestyle is not aligned with His word. But there is more. Suppose that God came down today, in person, and presented Himself in the gay churches. Suppose that He asked them to give up their same-sex relationships as a way of honoring Him to the fullest. What would the members do? Would they comply with His request? They would respond as the rich man did.
Mt 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Is wealth always an evil influence in a man’s life? No. If anyone believes homosexual relationships are not always evil, then our application applies perfectly. There is likely not a gay Christian alive who would give up their gay relationships for Christ if He asked them to do so. Therefore, their gay life is just as much a god as are Baal, the starry hosts, and Molech. Anything that a man would not be willing to give up for Christ, if asked to do so, has become his “god.,” something that is valued ahead of the true, living God.
Now back to reality. We know that gay relationships are opposed to God’s will. As a result, we have spent our lives determined to abandon that life in order to follow Christ in obedience. We may not yet have succeeded, but we are still walking down that pathway in order to please our Redeemer. We have but one God, and He is our Lord. There is no other.
Prayer: Keep us on Your pathway, Father. Our hearts are turned toward You for our deliverance, healing, and complete devotion to You. May we always worship You and none other. Thank You for the compassion and patience we have been shown as we attempt to live for You.