Do You Love God Or The World?

By: D. A. Slinkard

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown past! It is already the month of November. We are already into month number of eleven of 2019, and that means that the year 2020 is knocking on the door. Can you believe it? I am completely blown away because I could not imagine as a child what it would be like in the year 2020. There were so many things that we had figured out 30 years ago but that we have gone completely mad about in today’s society.

For instance, thirty years ago people knew what bathroom to go to, yet today we have people confused on what their gender is. I am utterly amazed that we place more importance on what people think they are versus what they actually are. I praise God my parents loved me enough to teach me right from wrong. We live in a society that worries about feelings and whether or not we might offend someone else, when in reality we are creating so many injustices because we cannot call things for what they are.

We live in the day of fake news. We live in the day of people being guilty until proven innocent versus how it used to be — innocent until proven guilty. Look no further than Roy Moore on this topic. Amazing how the headline news concerning Moore kind of drifted away after the election but was captivating leading up to the election. How often, in our efforts to “stand” for the truth, have Christians been taken to task with the use of scripture such as, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matt. 7:1)

This passage, taken by itself and out of context, can induce weak believers to great irresponsibility. We have been lulled to sleep thinking that Christians should remain silent to the wickedness occurring in our society. We have been rocked to sleep thinking that we should not judge others because of this scripture, but I point out 1 Corinthians 2:15 which states, “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things…” We all know the difference between right and wrong, but we live in a time that has made excuses for the derailment of our morality. We are quickly becoming a country no longer living out the words on our currency: “In God We Trust”.

I think about the words found in Judges 17:6, “…but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” The day and age we live in is described perfectly by this one scripture in which people do whatever they want in their own eyes with no thought of their actions being immoral. You look at the junk on television and it is no wonder why we live in perilous times. I recently heard a quote that I believe to be true concerning the Bible, “The Bible will keep you away from sin or sin will keep you away from the Bible.”

We must draw closer to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Not a popular topic as we are moving further away from our Christian roots. We have been compromising on so many aspects when it comes to our walk with God that we wash away what the Bible teaches. We have watered down our relationship with Jesus Christ to become something we do and mark off our checklist.

We, as Christians, want to live as closely to the world as possible but still try to draw closer to Christ. When you look like the world, act like the world, talk like the world, before you know it the world will have influence over you. We need to let the Bible be the final rule of faith and practice; let’s go ahead and put this in practice! In 1 John 2:15, we see, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

I write all of these things simply because 2020 is right around the corner, and the world we live in is slipping away. The darkness is starting to creep in, and it is time Christians let their light shine upon the world. Darkness hates the light because the wickedness gets exposed. What will you do in the upcoming months? — Keep doing what you have been doing or cling to the one who hung on the old rugged cross?
By: D. A. Slinkard