I have been noticing lately a heightened sense of awareness by people of the wickedness that is just exploding around us in the western world. This is not a good thing. What I immediately recognized was not that evil was rapidly on the increase (that has been true for the last 60 years), but that people in the main are only aware of it when it gets very far ahead of the comfort zone of the population. What I mean is this: sin is tolerated when the general population is comfortable with that sin. If a new amount of sin, or even a new sin is introduced to the public, people may be shocked, but only until they get comfortable with that new sin. Society is on a genral downward slo, constantly just behind the sins that are pulling it down. The only time there is outrage by the general public is when the amount of sin is way far ahead of our tolerance. Hence my sadness because, sin is sin, and brings forth the judgment of death no matter who you are (Romans 6:23). Christians must begin to analyze their own comfortableness with sins and begin to cry out against them whether other people are comfortable with them or not, and begin to bring people back to a walk of righteousness and holiness that comes with knowing Jesus Christ as both Saviour AND Lord. People need to not only be saved from the punishment of their sin, but also from the "pull" of it downward as well. The way you will be able to tell the amount of pull that sin has on you is the amount of "comfortableness" that you have with what's showing on the TV, and what is spewing out of the mouths of your friends.
Just two Scriptures will suffice for God's view about our tolerance of sin in this world:
Tit 2:11,12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
1Pe 2:11,12 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Think on these things. Until next time, God bless you, and look-up... Jesus is coming again! Pastor Craig