Is Common Decency is Gone?

Psalm 75:5, “Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with insolent pride”

During the Supreme Court hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, he was repeatedly interrupted by leftist protesters screaming obscenities and all sorts of vile things.  His young daughters needed to be escorted from the hearing room and could not attend his second round of questions based on the vitriolic atmosphere.

Senator Lindsey Graham basically stated “what kind of country have we become when the daughters of the nominee cannot come to their Dad’s hearing” (out of fear for their safety).  Imagine going to an interview of one of your parents and strangers yelling obscenities at them continuously.  Liberal Senator Dick Durbin disturbingly called this “the voice of democracy”. No Durbin it called the voice of violent insolence!

Whatever your religious or political views are, insolence and rudeness should not be tolerated, but in recent times it has been increasing and growing. It will then sadly manifest itself into violence.

Over the weekend for example in a debate, my argumentation was the God is sovereign. I provided Scripture as my authority in the matter.  My opponent responded that my “brain was rotten” and then all sorts of insolent accusations outside of any bounds of common decency. Another made comments so profane, I cannot even repeat.  And to put this into context, I usually debate Roman Catholics, these were not Roman Catholics but so-called professing Christians.

Am I perfect in the decency department? I would confess no that I am not, but still have common decency by the grace of God. Often times I react to insolence and false accusation with my own insolence, but in those times I am convicted as well.  Thus there is the difference. If you aren’t convicted, or immediately feeling guilt over insolence, ask yourself if the Spirit of God dwells in you.  We all have bad moments and days, but make sure this is not bad months, years, and decades.

The secular world obviously believes now there is no right or wrong in insolence.  You can be violent, rude, and completely vitriolic if the cause you believe in is being threatened such as abortion.   I often wonder if these protesters place themselves in the shoes they are attacking. Would they like their own children hearing the hatred being spewed at them by complete strangers?  Would they like their job interviews being constantly interrupted by someone screaming and yelling who disagrees with their idea of morality?

First Timothy 3 instructs us here on why common decency is basically gone.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

Looking to God

Isaiah 45:22 “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

I often speak to my dog Leo because of God adding him into my life during my sanctification process. I thought about this the other day, but a quite interesting thing I noticed about him is that he is still looking to me. I will leave him outside just for a few seconds and he will turn to see if I am coming out with him. If I don’t, he will keep looking for me. I didn’t train him to do this, he naturally does. He knows I feed him, give him shelter, and provide safety for him. In all respects he views me as his “master”.

Deuteronomy 4:29, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Do we as proud human beings look to God like this? I can honestly say from my own experience “I try to, but not all the time”. When it should be ALL the time. We should never be away from our Master, Jesus Christ. We should always be seeking Him through His word, praying to Him without ceasing. In sinful flesh, those being sanctified by the Holy Spirit should be growing into this “always” seeking the Lord. It doesn’t happen overnight for many of us, but it should be growing and maturing every day. Where you depend of God minute by minute because He is the Master.

Psalm 70:4 “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”

And it is not like God doesn’t want to live your life, He does, but He is always there. Not when you feel like it, not just when you need Him, not when life’s troubles come along, but always. As Romans 8:9 states “if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you”, you fully realize He is always there.  Faith is not seeing, it is believing without seeing. Faith doesn’t walk by sight, it walks in trust, full trust that God is real, and that you are with Him always.

Often in heated Facebook debates, I remind my opponents that “God sees every single comment”.  I do this to remind them that no one is outside of His realm. They might not be looking to God, but God is certainly looking!

Psalm 63:1  “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.”

If the Spirit of God indeed dwells in you, look to Him always. Look to Jesus Christ. It should make you quite uncomfortable and uneasy as my dog Leo is when his master is not in his sight.  Too often, we take God for granted. We push Him aside, we look to others instead of unto Him. I have counseled many who come to me for personal advice, I always ask if they brought this problem before God. If they hadn’t, I remind them to do so and believe He is listening. I am not the Master, I am just His servant. Some don’t like this, some do, but I always will try to point the person to the word of God, He is the Master.

Look unto God!

Psalm 10:4  The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.

Indecision Will Cost You

Matthew 5:37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

When you are a Christian, you learn a valuable lesson. That there is an enemy and the Gospel cannot be compromised. Doing so will cost not only the listeners in your midst but also yourself.

The true Gospel of Jesus Christ is always true. It is not sometimes true, or true just during time of trouble or seasons, it is always true. It cannot be compromised, set aside, rationalized, or apologized for.  Make no mistake it can and will cut through the nonsense of an evil heart.

Fence sitters as I call them seek compromise, they seek common ground with false churches, doctrines, and with evil. They do not let their yes be yes and their no no. They utilize gray factors of the Gospel as they see them to make it more appealing. But doing so, they should learn that even with this manipulative tactic, the Gospel will still be resisted. Some learn this lesson, some do not.

The fence sitter desires to be loved by the enemy, instead of actually loving the enemy in that the FULL and UNFETTERED truth of God and His Gospel is shared. 

Why can’t the Gospel be compromised? It would make it an untruth. This means that all roads do NOT lead to heaven. Let me repeat this, all roads do NOT lead to heaven. There is just ONE road and it is through Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life, you are not.

It might seem logical, but I have witnessed much lack of logic when it comes to Gospel.  The Gospel sharer somehow believes they are the way, the truth, and the life. And where does this prideful vain belief come from? Not from God, but as Jesus stated “the evil one”. The boasting pastor screams for example, “come to the altar now, and you will be saved”, then boasting as to how many he was able to trick into doing so.  The Roman Catholic parent believes they are the way, the truth, and the life, as they baptize their infants who are then told they had been given a rebirth in Christ, only to never realize this rebirth because it never happened.

Ecumenism is from “the evil one”. In order to really be an ecumenist, you must NOT let your yes be yes and no, no.  The Gospel must be compromised, appeased, twisted, added on to, or parts deleted. It says “your idolatry and blasphemy is perfectly OK, as long as you get some of the parts”, again the yes is not yes, and the no is not no.

If you find yourself as someone who desires compromise the Gospel, repent of this! You do no service to the Kingdom in this, you are in fact a tare planter. One who does not seek the highest love of your neighbor, but one who tells God you have a better plan and way for salvation. You are saying you are the way, when Jesus was the way, while sinners are perishing.  If you really trust the Gospel, always let your yes be yes and no be no!