ILLS OF OUR SOCIETY

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

The ills of our society certainly does not promote good health for a nation founded on the principles of a godly nature. The term ill denotes that which is not healthy, is unsound, resulting in suffering and distress. It refers also to that which is 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 prophet Isaiah under the direction of God, cried out:

 Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that but bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!   Woe to them that are prudent in their own sight! 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; 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: because they have cast away the law of the Lord, and despised the word of the Holy One (Isaiah 5:24).  (Comment)

ILLS OF OUR SOCIETY
PANDORA'S BOX OF EVILS

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.  Safeguards that were in place yesteryear are being cast aside to allow evil to override that which is morally and biblically correct. 

Does one set in their chair of ease while they see the biblical principles that our forefathers instilled, in the birth of a new nation under God, being ushered out? Or does one "Sound the Alarm" to bring the truth of God's Word to a nation that has misplaced its godly values?

THOSE WHO FLAUNT GOD'S WORD

As people of the land parade their sin before God, with no remorse or condemnation, does not the righteous become as Lot who was troubled with the filthy conduct of the wicked.  For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, troubled his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8).

Those who flaunt God's Word and promote immorality; do so without remorse or shame, and it will take the hand of Almighty God to bring conviction and change. God brought judgment on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to make them an example unto those that 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!

VALUES OF NATION RUPTURED?

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 is as a cancerous growth.

Scripture reveals that there will be a time that the fruit of righteousness will be turned into hemlock (Amos 6:12). It is interesting to note that the word hemlock refers to a plant that poison is derived from.  Poison infests or pollutes the body.

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!

THE LIFE OF A BELIEVER

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, has opened its doors towards acceptance of the previously unacceptable. The separation that use to identify the believer in Christ is becoming more remote and less noticeable in many once godly nations.

Jeremiah in speaking the words of the Lord said:  Stand you in the way, 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 as in Jeremiah's day?

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