“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3
When a “good cause” turns into an idol, I believe we are easily led into error and even making an idol out of our “good cause”.
The Pharisees of Jesus time were the benchmark of their time. They were the fundamentalists, the morally concerned, the Scriptural experts, the “right wing” conservatives. Yet Jesus said clearly to “do what they say but not what they do”. He often called them names such as “brood of vipers”.
Jesus implied that their doctrine and teaching was correct, but the Pharisees were hypocrites, putting the traditions of men above the teaching (and ways) of God. They had the dress and appearance and even speech of holiness but didn’t even recognize God right in front of them. They ignored the real need of mankind; Salvation, forgiveness of sins.
The Pharisees had turned the “good cause” of religious zeal and fundamentalism, even the pursuit of truth into an idol and ended up missing God in the flesh. Zeal for a good cause, even passion, is a good thing if tempered and brought under the authority of Christ Jesus. In the zeal of the moment while fighting for a “good cause” we are tempted to make an idol of the “good cause” hence blinding ourselves to the object of our pursuit; God. The “good cause” becomes an end in it of itself and no longer a means of holiness to the end of Christ-likeness and better union with God, even Salvation.
From experience I can say the temptation is great to make an idol out of a “good cause” while keeping the appearance of righteousness, but all the while sowing to the flesh.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of Grace, asking and full of faith to receive Mercy and pardon from Our Lord, who cares for us and is waiting and wanting to turn our hearts back to Himself.
Today, on my birthday, I thank God for his Grace and Mercy. I thank Him for new beginnings and His willingness to set things right when we’ve done wrong.
This is my need before Him; to set things right. In Scripture, King Manasseh really blew it, but upon repentance, God set things right, God fixed it;
“…So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Chronicles 33:5-9).”
God punished King Manasseh for his evil deed. He allowed his enemies to overpower him. They captured and transported him in chains to Babylon where he served as a slave
Manasseh later repented and begged God for his forgiveness.
“Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before God of his fathers…God heard his prayer and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God…he took away the foreign gods and idols from the house of the Lord…he also repaired the altar of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 33:12-16)
Any sinners who turn to God to serve him faithfully will not regret his action. He will receive God’s grace to prosper in all his ways. In fact, the scripture stated,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
While Rambo Last Blood has given me one of the most gruesome scenes I have ever seen on movie or television, Rambo also gives the softest side we’ve seen yet of America’s beloved veteran. I was considering putting off seeing the movie until it would be on available on rental, but truthfully the liberal social media’s outspoken condemnation of the movie compelled me to see it in the theater.
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