Whether you are a Christian or not, here is a passage that might make you squirm…even offend you:
Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV) 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
“…like the rest of mankind.”
If you are a believer, do you feel comparing yourself to others is being intolerant? If you aren’t a Christian, you might see the passage as intolerant and politically incorrect.
In our present society, it is more important to be tolerant…to be politically correct than to have clear vision about the state of man. So then, the truth spoken in Ephesians becomes hard to swallow.
We have come to the place where I never dreamed we would be. Wrong is called right and right is called bigoted. This version of “truth” is being mandated either by our peers or (perhaps more incredibly) by our laws.
The false gospel of tolerance, rather than grace, is a forceful way to truly shut Christians up. It is a very effective way to desensitize us to sin. The enemy uses the very gospel of grace we so revere, twists it into a tolerance-for-sin message and society repeats it incessantly. Even as believers, we begin to absorb it…believe it…and act on it.
Why do we as Christians act and look so much like those who do not tolerate our faith? It is because they have done a much better job of preaching their message from the rooftops and staying on task to change people’s thinking and…the laws of the land. We know the truth…the truth is what sets us free…yet we are more bound in this nation than ever before.
How sad. How frightening and sad.
Still…there is time. There is a message of love and grace, balanced by God’s standard of truth, to be spoken and lived out. Where our eyes have been blinded… vision is available. How can I be so certain? God tells us the truth…always the truth. When all else is failing…when we have been failing for decades…there is hope.
Ask Him to open your eyes. Remember, when everything is falling apart, even when we have been part of the problem and simply don’t know what to do…there is an answer. God’s grace is available. There is hope for vision and change when we cry out in repentance, desperation and faith…
Ephesians 2:4-8 (ESV) 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,