Lawlessness in Our Land

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This post is originally from 2014, but due to the times were in, I felt a need to re-post it with some slight.  We are now seeing an abundance of lawlessness in our land, and it is growing at an exponential rate.  I find it curious how Christianity is blamed for the oppression of so many groups, which of course makes all the problems in our Country our fault.  It is the bigot Christians that don’t want all the un-vetted immigration and migration into our Country.  It is the gun toting, God fearing, Bible holding Christians that are the problem for every ill in our Country and world.  

 

I submit to you that as REAL Christianity has been systematically erased from our institutions that most of the lawlessness in our land began.  Of course part of that blame has to go on to the Christians themselves who have claimed we no longer have to obey God’s laws, because Jesus did away with them at the cross.  So, if we are not under any law, and simply can count on grace; we don’t have to worry about what we do and what we allow in society around us.  Most Christians no longer even read their Bibles so have not idea about how God tells us to live our lives.  When we have Christians that support open boarders, protest against the death penalty, and say we just have to love everybody and accept them as they are; you can be sure they don’t know God or his word.  God is for the death penalty and gives civil authority the responsibility to carry it out when deserved.  God told Israel time and time again not to mix with the pagans yet we have Christians saying we need to embrace the Muslims and respect their beliefs. If you believe that you don’t know your scriptures.

 

Ok, now that I have that off my chest, consider the question, “Does God Change”.  It’s an important question that speaks to how Christians should act, and what they should accept. 

 

If it’s been a while since you’ve read the 10 Commandments, I would ask that you’d take the time to look at each one below. As you look at each one, ask yourself, “Is there anything wrong or flawed about this Commandment?”

 

Exodus 20:1-17

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Now, before we go any further, let’s ask the question, does God change? It’s an important question, if we’re to determine whether or not the Law still applies to us.

 

Is God fickle, are his Laws arbitrary?  Does He say one thing one moment and change His mind the next? Now I will admit God has relented and changed His mind about bringing calamity on nations when they’ve repented; but He has never, as far as I have read, changed His mind about character issues. The Law, as far as I can tell, is all about character.

 

Malachi 3:5-7

5 And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness
Against sorcerers,
Against adulterers,
Against perjurers,
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien—
Because they do not fear Me,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
7 Yet from the days of your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“But you said,
‘In what way shall we return?’

Does God still feel the same about sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, or has He changed His mind? If you could talk to God right now and asked Him if His feelings about those things above have changed, what do you think His response would be?

 

Look at verse 6 again, God says He does not change. So if we are to believe that God does not change, than we would have to believe that He has not done away with His condemnation of sorcerers, adulterers, perjurers and cheats. Right?

 

What does Hebrews 13:8 say about God?

 

Hebrews 13:

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “He does not change!”

 

What does God say about His Law in Matthew 5:18?

 

Matthew 5:

18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Since Christ has not yet returned, and the heavens and earth are still out there, I have to believe that all is not yet fulfilled. Christ did not come to do away with the Law, but to magnify it. He took it from a physical set of do’s and don’ts to a spiritual compass that leads us to His Kingdom.

 

I’m not trying to offend, or step on toes, but the Law of God was not fulfilled and done away, it was magnified. Instead of adultery being just a physical act, it was magnified to encompassing lusting in our hearts for another not our own spouse.

 

Do not commit murder when from being a physical act perpetuated by one man upon another, to hating someone in our heart.

 

Which of God’s 10 Commandments do we find defective, lacking or in need of being done away?

 

I would argue that God’s commandments are just as applicable today as they were in the time of Moses. As a matter of fact they are now magnified and so much better.

 

The Law is not there to condemn us, but to help us. It’s not there to grieve us, but to lift us up. It’s not there to make our lives tougher, but to make them better.  The Law of God is all about freeing us from a life of sin and sorrow.

 

Christ did not die to save us from the Law, He died to save us from the penalty of the Law.

 

Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

 

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