Thursday, July 13, 2017
When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. Romans 2:12-16(NLT)
Decades ago Debbie Boone had a big hit with Joe Brooks’ love song entitled You Light Up My Life[ii]. The lyrics include:
It can’t be wrong when it feels so right
It’s just a little problematic to believe that. A drug addict will tell you that “high” he feels when the heroin rushes into his blood stream feels so right! A teenager who has just pinned the speedometer on his Mustang at 140mph will feel so right until the siren and lights start blaring in his rear view mirror. And a person caught in believing that the wave of cultural acceptability for such things as pre-marital, extra-marital, or same-sex practices will also tell you that those feelings of love and community the culture provides are proof that it’s OK with God too!
They are wrong! Deadly wrong!
Despite the increasing flood of normative-creating culture in favor of same-sex, trans-gender, and whatever sexual flavor of the month cause our world can generate, God’s Word still declares that the bonds of marriage are for one man and one woman for one lifetime.
As ever, we have choices to make about what we will believe. Those choices are between believing the culture in which we live, so we can feel so right, or following the demand of living the life of Christ’s cross, honoring our Creator and Redeemer.
A believer/follower of Jesus Christ, who is living the cross-life of surrender, conforms his heart to the will of Christ, which is found in the Word of God. If my will, and what feels so right, conflict with what God has proclaimed, it isn’t God who is wrong!