Navigating Through Uncertain Times // Part 2
The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. /// Proverbs 12:5
Last week, we began a series called, “Navigating Through Uncertain Times”. This series is focused on handling the issues and problems that face our nation. Last week’s truth that we learned was that the Body of Christ serves as an example of the solutions to our national challenges. Why?
Because above every other identity and experience, we exalt the Word of God and the Spirit of God.
Therefore, we have a common goal around which we can gather in unity. We need to realize we have some incidences we need to address in our nation. The death of George Floyd involved an abuse of authority and a lack of human empathy. But, some of the solutions that are being proposed to solve such problems reveal a lack of biblical wisdom. Last week we saw that the Body of Christ must be the place where you find fearless confrontation of prejudice. But, one thing we cannot consider because it is an unbiblical response is to defund the police. Why is it unbiblical Pastor? Let’s go back to the time right after Noah. God judged the wickedness of humanity during Noah’s day. Let me read to you the instructions that came from God after this event:
Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man. /// Genesis 9:6
In this passage, we see the institution of accountability for violence against humanity. Many see this as the beginning of the institution of the human justice system. Although God had brought judgment upon the earth, human depravity continued to live. So, unless judgment was going to come every few years on the entire earth, a system responsible for justice must be established. It was God who gave law to man. Why? The New Testament tells us why:
Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. /// Galatians 3:19
Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. /// Romans 7:7
Law was given so that we would know what sin is. Law is given so that society has agreed upon order. In this case, order revealed by God.
We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. /// 1 Timothy 1:9-11
To think that we can function without law and order is a fool’s paradise. The authorities that police our society are necessary and are authorized by God:
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. /// Romans 13:1-4
Here is our issue: the flesh. Unfortunately we can’t say that there would never be another act of injustice or broken trust by a leader/official/officer of the law. But, some pastor’s fail. Some parents fail. Some government officials fail. Some police officers fail. What we must do is confront every instance of injustice and require our leaders to follow the dictates of the law. To think that we can talk everyone into being people who will not think of themselves first…….to think that we can convince everyone to share equally with others….to think that all of society’s ills will disappear when people are given certain opportunities……is to disbelieve what the Bible says about our nature.
- Proverbs 12:5
- Genesis 9:6
- Galatians 3:19
- Romans 7:7
- 1 Timothy 1:9-11
- Romans 13:1-4
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