With so many societal debates taking place, we the church must get involved. From Homosexual lifestyles being forced on us in the name of Tolerance, to the abortion debate that has caused so much confusion that some who claim to hold life as precious have taken life away from someone else. Evolution taught as fact has led some to forget that it was just a theory, not even believed by all scientists. As God allows man to increase in knowledge, the proof points to an “intelligent design” of the universe. This sends secularists and non-believers scrambling to declare “separation of church and state” to keep this alternative to evolution out of the science class. A statement not even found in our constitution. Even confused believers, who are afraid that God will somehow be lost in the debate, stand against this teaching in some county school districts. Divorce has become the norm. What happens when good people don’t make a stand for what is right?
MT 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
MT 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
What happens when good people don’t make a stand for what is right?
I.) They can cause others to sin out of ignorance.
A.) Fear motivates us to justify “Inaccuracy” GE 12:10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, `This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."
A psalm of David. PS 15:1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill? PS 15:2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart PS 15:3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,PS 15:4 who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, PS 15:5 who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.
B.) Earthly gain motivates us to keep the truth hidden. GE 12:14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels.
PS 86:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
C.) Sin, even the sin of omission, can cause hardship. But the truth will set you free! GE 12:17 But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, `She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!" 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
JN 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
What happens when good people don’t make a stand for what is right?
II.) The wicked thrive and the nation is weakened.
PR 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
A.) Compromise takes hold slowly, grows like a weedJER 18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6 "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it. JER 18:11 "Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, `This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.' 12 But they will reply, `It's no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.' "
B.) Success is not measured in sacrifice or earthly gain, only in obedience to God.PR 16:8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
2TI 1:8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
III.) What happens when good people “stand up to be counted?”
A.) They speak boldly JOS 24:14 "Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
B.) People listen and are changed. JOS 24:16 Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! 17 It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God."
JOS 24:19 Joshua said to the people, "You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 20 If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you."
JOS 24:21 But the people said to Joshua, "No! We will serve the LORD."