Then all flesh shall know that I am the Lord your Savior, and your Redeemer. Isaiah 49:26
The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. His slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. Matthew 22:2,10
Perhaps I simply have an overly-sensitive conscience. It’s not active in every area of life – sadly. But there are some things I just won’t do. I’m not afraid of being struck down by lightning, or rendered mute, or even some milder form of immediate retribution. But I just don’t understand how people can do certain things.
Recently I decided to stop watching an Amazon TV program that highlights cars of many types, but especially race cars. The three hosts do crazy and impertinent and irreverent and politically-incorrect things – some of which are truly funny. But they use Jesus’ name derisively and all-too-frequently (once is one too many!). So, I’ve stopped watching the program. I guess I’ll have to go back to watching guys cut down large trees on Youtube for my entertainment distractions!
We’ve had break-ins at St. John (where I serve). Over the years thieves have stolen lawn tractors, tools, and other items…from a church! Many years ago people stole decorative pots at the entrance to the church I served at that time. When I replaced the pots for a second time, I put a sticker on the bottom of each pot: “Be not deceived. God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:2”
That reality is lost on the world. As one pastor put it, people today don’t have much trouble believing in God. The problem that keeps them from connecting with a church is much more about submission. We believe in a good and kind God. But don’t make us actually obey him or align our lives to his will.
Funny thing is, however, God’s will is ultimately tied to being saved. He showed that when he sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world. Jesus came and called all sorts of people into his kingdom. He invites everyone to his wedding feast.
One day everyone – all flesh – will know this truth. Sadly many will deny themselves the gift and refuse the invitation to the feast. They see submission to Jesus as a burden, and fail to realize Jesus’ invitation is to lift the burden of sin, and a path of life rather than the path of death their wayward ways leads.
Once one his embraced the fullness of Jesus’ redemption he cannot blatantly profane God’s name or despise the church of God. These behaviors are not “so that” behaviors; they are “because of” behaviors. Because we have been redeemed we will honor God. We will not take his precious name in vain.