|Are You Safe? How Moral Corruption Can Be Prevented|
|Tuesday, 02 June 2009 20:59|
The relentless attempt to normalize homosexual perversion, marriage, and other sins is vexing to watch. The culture is adrift, cut off from the sure anchor of God’s Word. It is being tossed about in a sea of moral and sexual confusion and chaos.
The dynamics of cultural corruption has just been documented by a Gallop poll. It validates exactly what the Bible warns us against. Gallop released the results of a poll that measured views of homosexual marriage.
The polling discovered that one of the most important factors that control a person’s opinion about homosexual marriage was that of association, it even trumps a person’s political ideology.
Gallop reports, “Those who know someone who is gay or lesbian are significantly more supportive of gay marriage than are those of the same political persuasion who do not personally know someone who is gay or lesbian.”
In fact, former Vice President, Dick Cheney, is a perfect example. Cheney is reliably conservative on virtually every issue except homosexual marriage. This is likely as a result of the fact that he is the father of an open, practicing lesbian.
Speaking to the National Press Club this week Cheney was asked about homosexual marriage. He said, “I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone. And as many of you know, one of my daughters is gay. And -- something that we've lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.”
Don’t Be Deceived!
According to Gallop, “While 57% of Americans oppose legalizing gay marriage, Americans who personally know someone who is gay or lesbian are almost evenly divided on the matter, with 49% in favor and 47% opposed. Among those who do not personally know anyone who is gay, 72% oppose legalized gay marriage while just 27% favor it.”
Who you allow into your life, and especially that of your children, really matters. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “Don’t be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Cor.15:33, NASB).
The natural human tendency is to be deceived in situations when we associate with openly sinful people. Human sentimentality kicks in and biblical thinking is set aside. We rationalize and justify behaviors in people we know more than in people we don’t.
This applies to more than homosexuality; it touches other sins as well. Of course, because there is a powerful deceptive dynamic you will be tempted to say, “Having close relationships with the ungodly will not affect me.” Don’t be deceived!
A Biblical Solution
Proverbs 13:20 warns, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (NKJV)
By nature we tend to be more impacted by those with whom we associate than by our knowledge and fear of God. This is a kind of idolatry. We forget God and allow our hearts to be proselytized into worldly foolishness. One way to overcome this is to regularly associate with the spiritually wise who continually point you to God and His Word.
Living a lifestyle of open rebellion against Almighty God is the height of folly, yet that’s what people are expected to approve of in order to be politically correct these days. But Christians are to have their minds renewed by the Word of God and must not be “conformed to the pattern of this world” (Romans 12:1&2).
What the world now calls “freedom” is really licentiousness. The Bible calls this kind of “freedom” bondage to sin. Since sin always has consequences (i.e. death) we must oppose sinful behaviors in ourselves, our families, our churches and in our culture. It’s the loving thing to do.
In, not of the world
Jesus tells us that we are “not of the world” (John 15:19). As a Christian our identity is in Him and our citizenship is from above. Yes, we are called to evangelize the lost, including homosexuals, but we are also called to be separate from the world.
Paul, in a pastoral letter written to the Corinthian church, which was located in a very worldly, pagan city, made it simple. It seemed that they had some very serious moral confusion. What was his solution?
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)?”
It used to be common that we heard sermons about being separated from the world spiritually and ethically. Now the distinction between the world and the church is being blurred. Churches have thrown out the Bible and its morality in order to be able to accommodate the world. But, Christ sent us out so that we might change the world, but we are allowing the world to press us into its mold.
The balanced, biblical way to live.
You are who you associate with.
While we must associate with the lost because we care about their eternal souls, we cannot approve of their sin. In fact, to do so is the most unloving thing you can do. Even our families associations can become an idol if they are not encouraging you to follow Christ.
We must find our significant associations with our Lord and His wise people. Associate daily with Christ by spending time in His Word and in prayer. Listen to His voice and cultivate a conscience that is informed by God’s Word.
Find like-minded servants of Christ with which to fellowship and to whom you can be accountable on a regular basis. Sit under the sound biblical teaching of a biblically qualified pastor. These are the ways that God will keep you from the corrupting associations of this world.
Be very careful out there in the world. Remember, “Don’t be deceived; Bad company corrupts good morals.”