Christians have been far too passive in our acceptance of the sins in our society. In too many instances, we have not only capitulated to evil but have even joined the chorus of the culture in singing the praises of man’s ideology. Instead of coming out from among them (2 Corinthians 6:15-18), we march arm in arm to show our unity. Darkness has no fellowship with light (2 Corinthians 6:14).
It never has, and never will. So why are we so intent on pretending the two can coexist? God hates sin and will pour out His wrath on those who engage in it. If Jesus is our Lord, we will abstain from sin and keep ourselves pure before our holy God and King. We will repent and call others to do the same.
Listen to the Word of the Lord: “Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Does this not describe our nation, and indeed our world today? The fact is, it describes many, if not most, of our lives.
Who among us is not an idolater? Which of us has not made the things of this world more important than Christ? Can any of us say we have never spoken unkind words to another? Remember, Jesus teaches that dwelling on sinful thoughts is the same as doing those sins (Matthew 5:21-22; Matthew 5:27-28). None of us is without sin, and this is not about throwing stones at those living contrary to God’s laws. We are sinners like everyone else. But the blood of Jesus has washed us and made us clean in His sight. Therefore, we should no longer continue in sin (Romans 6:1-2; Ephesians 5:8-12).
When we give our approval to ideas and ideals that violate the holy Word of God, we are as guilty as those who are committing those sins. Instead of tolerating sin, we must all fall on our faces, repent, and beg God’s mercy on our evil and decadent hearts. We must pray for those in our cities, states, and countries to repent and turn to Jesus. He alone can save them from the mess in which they find themselves. But how will they know of their need to repent unless we tell them the truth of the Gospel (Romans 10:14-15)?
We cannot be silent. First, we must repent and confess our sins to the Lord. Then, we must stand boldly on the truth of God’s Word, proclaiming it from our pulpits, in our workplaces, and in our homes. If we will confess Jesus before men, He will confess us before the Father (Matthew 10:32-33). In other words, when we proclaim the righteousness of Jesus on earth, He will proclaim our righteousness before God. But if we will not stand firm and proclaim the name of Jesus, He will turn us away when we meet Him (Matthew 7:21-23). We will suffer the same fate as all the other sinners who march in the streets, blaspheming the name of Christ and spitting in His face.
The time to repent is now. If we will repent, Christ will save us. If we will stand firm on the truth of God’s Word and pray in earnest for the lost in this world to repent, who knows? God may yet spare our nation and our world for a while longer. He is merciful and compassionate, but He will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7-8). The days are dark and surely the end is near. There is still time. Repent and pray the Lord will have mercy on you and those around you. Repent and He will save your soul. Then go, and sin no more (John 8:10-11).