By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
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 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 ills of our society are identified in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; put darkness for light, and light for darkness; put 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)
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 biblically correct.
Does one set in their chair of ease while they see the 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 its godly values bringing forth the ills of our society?
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; 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 one of the ills of our society!
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 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!
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 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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