Talk about rowing upstream. Does anyone else feel like they're standing alone wearing the only glasses without a pink hue to them?
This is not a time to be lukewarm. We need to know what we believe and who we serve because if not, some smooth talking person might just convince us that wrong is right. That sin is nothing but rainbows and sunshine. And the most ridiculous idea ever: that sin brings freedom.
Hebrews 11:7 (The Message Bible)
By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn't see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved.
His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.
That sharp line does not mean that we walk judgemental and look down on others, it means that we know our God and don't compromise our lives to go with the crowd. We should be known for our genuine love for others and our faith in the Creator of all we see.
Jesus hung out with sinners, but was not changed by them, instead He changed the atmosphere from darkness to light.
Here are His own words:
44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, "If you trust me, you are really trusting God who sent me.
45 For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me.
46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness.
47 If anyone hears me and doesn't obey me, I am not his judge — for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.
48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged at the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.
49 I don't speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me gave me his own instructions as to what I should say.
50 And I know his instructions lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say!"
It's not our job to be judge and jury. We need to walk in love and let others know that there is something better than hope in an empty promise. There is hope in a God who loves them more than they could ever imagine and has a plan for their life.
Noah obeyed God by doing what seemed ridiculous. I'm sure people thought he was crazy.
Believing in right and wrong, sin and forgiveness, may seem crazy in a world that has blurred all the lines. But standing firm and refusing to compromise our integrity honors the Lord and just as Noah, we will become more intimate with our God.