Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
I am going to say it. I hate winter. I hate snow. I hate it when the ramps at work get coated in ice and now we either go sliding down quite rapidly, or we simply can not get up the ramp as the slope is too slippery. Simply put, this is a bad situation that can lead to yet another bad situation, such as a forklift collision, if we aren’t careful.
Truthfully, life is full of “slippery slopes”. Some are actually imaginary. That is to say, we think they exist, but they really are just a figment of our imagination. However, there are those which are real. These are the ones that are dangerous. These slopes have a mechanism whereby one event can easily lead to another.
In James 2:10, we read “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” It is interesting, because James discusses plainly that if we do not commit adultery, but we commit murder, we become guilty of both. This is quite interesting.
Public schools today are undermining scripture. Schools have been teaching the speculative philosophy of “evolution” as an established fact, never minding that the concept is so full of holes a freight train can run right through it. Additionally, there are reports (though of dubious validity) that seek to claim that schools are now teaching children that there is no such thing as male or female, despite the obvious science to the contrary. Now, I do question the validity of such reports, however, there are groups out there which seek to refine human sexuality in such a way as to blur the lines and otherwise make gender appear as fluid as water, though it is really rigid as case hardened steel, and genetics bears witness to this.
Sad truth, as society allows people to question and disregard what scripture declares as sin, we will see an increase in sinful behavior. This is quite true already in how some places and groups celebrate homosexuality. However, scripture declares homosexuality as sin, along with divorce, murder, and theft (just to name a few). As we marginalize certain sins (homosexuality and divorce, to name two), how long until we marginalize others? We already have mayors trying to justify looting, rioting and murder. This was true in both Baltimore and Ferguson. Did any of the rioters/looters consider themselves “Christians”? I don’t know. But I know that if they did, they certainly demonstrated how committed they were to their faith.
The United States has been on a slippery slope for some time now. Why? Because we have all but abandoned the word of God, that is, the Holy Bible. We have exchanged the immutable law of God for the opinions of men, which only lends to hasten the destruction of our nation.
What can be done?
Christ Jesus died upon the cross for our sins. However, he did not die that we might live a life of wanton sin and rebellion. NO! Christ lived, died, and was resurrected so that we may repent of our sins and live lives in obedience to God’s law, and repenting when we fall short, which we often do. As Christ told the woman caught in adultery after the crowd had left, go and and sin no more. Yet, when we dispense with God’s law and do what is right in our own eyes, we defy Christ’s command to go and sin no more.
God’s law is not merely there to prevent us from enjoying ourselves. Rather, God’s law is there to protect us from sin. When we choose to ignore one of God’s laws, it isn’t a huge stretch to violate another, until such time as we have come to the point at which we no longer acknowledge God or his law, doing only that which we desire with no thought as to how it will affect us, others, or our ultimate destiny.
Its easy to go down a slippery slope. Not so much to get back up. However, Christ Jesus has promised to salvation to any who believe and repent. However, we can not simply say “I’m sorry”, be forgiven, and return to our sinful lifestyle. Rather, we must truly repent and seek to “sin no more”, and seek forgiveness when we do (and will) sin. To this end, we must live our lives in a state of nearly constant repentance, with our works showing our faith, and our faith inspiring our works.
Snow, ice, and slippery slopes suck. I hate them. However, an eternity in Hell is worse. Going down an icy ramp is dangerous, but survivable. However, an eternity in Hell is far worse, and is the final destination of those who choose to live in a slippery slope of ever increasing unrepentant sin.
Christ didn’t die that you may continue in sin. God’s moral law remains absolute. To ignore any one point of God’s law not only makes you guilty of all, but it is likely that you will ignore God’s law on other points as well, even denying his authority over your life. This is not good.
There is only one thing to do, repent and sin no more. Yet know that God will forgive you when you sin if you turn and repent.
Perhaps this video from the guys at Lutheran Satire will help.