DRAWING THE LINE

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Drawing the line is supplemented by faith as evidenced in Joshua, saying:  And if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers swerved on the other side of the flood (or the Euphrates) , or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15). 


Drawing the Line - Persuasive Methods

There are those who through persuasive methods enhance the ungodliness of our day.  Ungodliness is being influenced by television, movies, the internet, political choice of leaders, and educational system geared towards one's having to swallow the bitter pill of acceptance; rather than rejection. Failure to withdraw, from that which is being overwhelming presented, introduces a culture that is walking away from the God rather than embrace Him.

The apostle Paul, in writing to the Galatians, said:  You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth (Galatians 5:7)?  The Galatians were making good progress spiritually; but there were those who were trying to persuade them towards a false doctrine.

Paul, was drawing the line, encouraging them not to cross over to the other side, to retain their spiritual freedom and not being subject to the influence presented to them!  We are also seeing a counter-movement that is not for the best; by those who plant seeds of acceptance, towards the ungodliness of man.

Do Not Waiver in Adversity

In drawing the line one does not waiver in adversity but rather continues to embrace the Unadulterated Word of God.  In the days of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; the king made an image of gold.  When one heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and all kinds of music, they were to fall down and worship the golden image.

For any who did not bow down, when hearing the sound of music, they were to be cast into a burning fiery furnace.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego kept the faith, by not bowing down the the ungodly persuasion of their day, but rather stood firm in their resolve to serve God.

They said to the King: If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up (Daniel 3:17-18).

Faith is Honored

Drawing the line; as to what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would or would not accept could have been costly; but they came out of the fire without a hair of their head being singed, neither their clothing affected, nor the smell of fire on them!  Having seen this happen literally before his eyes; it had a favorable effect on the king!

We are seeing many take such a stand, drawing the line, in many Third World Nations, and elsewhere today; facing persecution, even death, for having done so.  They steadfastly refused to deny the God of their salvation; standing firm in their resolve, to serve God and the Lord Jesus Christ!

It Is Unfortunate

It is unfortunate that an attitude of indifference, a failure in drawing the line,  has caused the murder of millions of unborn babies still in their mother's womb.  It is unfortunate that homosexuality is now openly flaunted; infiltrating into other areas of society, along with the transgender movement that questions one's God-given sex at birth.

It is unfortunate that the sanctity of marriage is now violated by same sex marriage.  It is unfortunate that the "One Nation under God" concept; and "In God We Trust" inscribed on coins; is failing to bear the truthfulness of such statements.

Drawing the line towards the ungodliness of man; refusing to accept ungodly movements, needs a determination as Joshua of old towards serving the Lord!  Because of Joshua's stand, as leader of the nation of Israel, the people said to Joshua:  We will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:21).

Influence of Leadership

Drawing the line begins with the influence of the leadership of a nation; as illustrated by Moses departure from the people to receive the Ten Commandments from God. 

Scripture reveals the result of His departure:  And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron (the High Priest), and said to him:  Up, make us gods (or a god), which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot (or known) not what is become of him (Exodus 32:1).

It did not take long for the people to forsake God; not having the influence of godly leadership.  Many nations have allowed a similar occurrence, with leadership that has vastly eroded from former godly stands.

Ungodliness Allowed

Drawing the line, upon Moses return to the people, only produced a few to cross over to the Lord's side, in comparison to the vast majority who chose not to do so.  There were about three thousand slain of those who did not cross over. 

In addition many died of the plague that the Lord sent.  Moses offered an atonement for their sin; that his name be blotted out of God's book, but God responded with:  Whosoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book (Exodus 32:33).

Taking a Stand

Drawing the line is pushing aside the worldliness that has engulfed many once godly nations.  Taking a stand for God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, rather than yielding over to the influence of ungodliness, is much needed in our society today.

It is unfortunate that acceptability has played into the picture towards ungodliness rather than adherence to the Unadulterated Word of God.  Seemingly fewer are stepping across the line to stand for the Lord; than are gathered to oppose Him.

Scripture reveals:  That we henceforth be no longer be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight (or trickery) of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Ephesians 4:14).  Becoming a believer in Christ is drawing the line as to what one will consume.  Scripture reveals: That you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24).

Scripture reveals the fate of those having not done so: Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through (or because) of the ignorance that is in them,  because of the blindness (or hardening) of their heart.  Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness (a license to immorality), to work all uncleanness with greediness (Ephesians 4:18-19).

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