Hello, Wednesday! It is so hard to believe we have nearly made it to the end of the Bible. And I love God’s sense of humor. We’ll wrap up with Revelations on the last week in 2011. He’s cool like that, isn’t He? Let’s jump right into III John, shall we? Feel free to comment below!
III John 11 (NIV)–Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
Let’s face it. We live in a world that is inherently evil. Most of the shows on TV, quite a bit of the music on the radio, the majority of the movies we see… Even the news at night is full of it. And the more we soak up, the more desensitized we become. What is wrong appears normal. What is right appears totally dysfunctional. We have come to a place in our culture where we truly are starting to call evil “good” and good “evil.”
It’s a battle, isn’t it? Every day, it gets harder to stand up for right without being labeled “wrong.” The problem really comes in when we start to question that right and wrong. When we are more steeped in our entertainment than we are in our Word, doesn’t the water get a little bit cloudy? We start to question ourselves and our motives, maybe even out God. That’s when we get to that dangerous patch, where we start to maybe not imitate evil, but definitely to tolerate it.
I’ll be honest… I wish we’d all stand up and unite our voices. The voices of the world are most definitely united. Satan has made sure of that. It’s the Christian voices that sound like a whisper here and a brief shout there. Oh, that we would join together in a chorus of truth. Am I the master at that? No. I wish I were. It’s going to take a lot of boldness to be voices of truth. The prayer for that boldness needs to start now…