DRAWING THE LINE

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Drawing the line is supplemented by faith as evidenced in Joshua, saying:  Choose you this day whom you will serve; but as for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15). 

Many in the Western world are placing God on the sideline; in an attempt to alleviate Him from the scene.  The morals of a nation; in a democracy, is evidenced by those placed in a leadership role.  (Comment)


Drawing the Line - Persuasive Methods

There are those who through persuasive methods enhance the ungodliness of our day.  Ungodliness is being introduced by television, movies, the internet, political choice for office, and our educational system towards swallowing the bitter pill of acceptance; rather than rejection of what is being overwhelming presented in a culture that is walking away from the God of its origin.

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 seeing a movement that is not for the good, 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 (Daniel 3:5).

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 persuasions of their day, but rather stood firm in their resolve to serve God.

They said:  O 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, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up (Daniel 3:29-30).

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 as well (Daniel 3:26-30).

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.  But steadfastly refusing 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, and 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; along with such infiltrating into other areas of society, as well as the transgender movement.

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 for the most part, failing to bear the truthfulness of such statements.

Drawing the line towards refusing to accept such is a must; that these ungodly movements no longer have free reign, but a determination as Joshua of old:  But as for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15)!  Because of Joshua's stand, as leader of the nation of Israel, the people responded with:  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. 

In seeing that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron, the High Priest, and said to him:  Make us 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 know 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 prevalent.  Many nations have allowed a similar occurrence,  with leadership vastly eroded from a former stand.

Ungodliness Allowed

Drawing the line, in Moses day, only produced a few to cross over to the Lord's side (Exodus 32:26), 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 to the Lord's side. 

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 Western 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 one is to no longer be tossed to and fro, by the 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; by putting on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24).

Not as others, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God because of the blindness of their heart.  Who past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness (a license to immorality), unto all uncleanness (Ephesians 4:18-19).

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