By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
The ills of our society do not promote good health for a nation founded on the principles of a godly nature. The term ill denotes that which is not healthy, unsound; resulting in suffering and distress, being not up to recognized standards of excellence or conduct.
There are forces within who are attempting to destroy all that is good and moral. The ills of our society are identified in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:20-23)
Such conduct did not go unnoticed; nor will the ills of our society today, for the prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness: and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 5:24).
In Greek mythology a story is told of a box sent by the gods to Pandora which she was forbidden to open. She opened the box out of curiosity and loosened a swarm of evils upon mankind: a prolific source of troubles. Though this is only a myth; it is as if this has happened reflecting the ills of our society. Safeguards that were in place yesteryear are being cast aside to allow evil to override that which is morally and biblical correct.
Scripture reveals: This know, that in the last days (which we are in) perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous (money lovers), boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedience to parents, unthankful, unholy.
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady (reckless), high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Does one set in their chair of ease while they see biblical principles, that our forefathers instilled, being ushered out? Or does one sound the alarm to bring the truth of God's Word to a nation that has misplaced godly values ushering in the ills of our society?
Scripture reveals: Blow you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord comes, for it is nigh (near) at hand (Joel 2:1). A Bible commentary noted: The trumpet was used primarily in religious purposes to call the congregation together for meetings, to usher in the beginning of a new month, to note solemn days and festive occasions. In this instance, it is used to alarm the people to the seriousness of the crisis that was upon them.
As people of the land parade their sin before God, with no remorse or condemnation towards the ills of our society, do not the righteous become as Lot? Scripture reveals: For that righteous man dwelling among them (in Sodom), in seeing and hearing, vexed (troubled) his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:8).
For those who flaunt God's Word and promote immorality; it will take the hand of Almighty God to bring conviction and change. Scripture reveals: God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow (to destruction), making them an example to those that after (afterward) should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). That which brought God's judgment, and troubled Lot's righteous soul, is flourishing today as the ills of our society continue!
Ungodly values are continuing to blossom forth with resistance being brushed aside. Laws and rulings are being instituted that at one time would never have been considered. Godly values have eroded to the place that the ills of our society has become as a cancerous growth.
Scripture reveals: Shall horses run upon the rock? Will one plow there with oxen? For you have turned judgment (justice) into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock (Amos 6:12). A Bible commentary noted: Horses do not run on rocks or else they would become lame; nor does one plow rocks with oxen or else the plow would be broken. To violate natural law is to reap the consequences bringing about the ills of our society.
It is interesting to note that the word hemlock refers to a plant that poison is derived from. Poison infects or pollutes the body until injury, illness, or death results. It can be a harmful influence such will ruin, taint, inhibit, or embitter. When acceptability comes to the forefront, of the previously unacceptable, it brings forth a problematic reversal of what use to be. As stated earlier, it will take the hand of God to set one "free" from such an embrace!
Scripture reveals: While he (Lot) lingered, the men (angels) laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful to him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city (or outside the city of Sodom (Genesis 19:16).
After being directed to escape for their life they were directed to look not behind you, lest you be consumed. Scripture reveals: Lot's wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).
What so captivated Lot that he held back from fleeing a city about to be destroyed? What so captivated Lot's wife that she became disobedient to the command to not look back? Jesus revealed the apathy that would be in the world at His return; then stated: Remember Lot's wife (Luke 17:32)! What would so captivate one's attention that they would not heed the warning signs of the ills of our society today?
We are living in a time when what one allows into their life can have a harmful influence as a believer in Christ; if one falls into the category of acceptability, of that which is being promoted. The church, the body of Christ, in many Western nations has opened its doors of acceptance of the ills of our society. The separation that use to identify the believer in Christ is becoming more remote and less noticeable.
Scripture reveals: Thus saith the Lord, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein (Jeremiah 6:16).
The people refused to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness but instead walked in their own desired ways. Is the ills of our society not of the same spirit?
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