June 20th, 2019
Legalization is a favorite term in politics these days. It is practiced in our church and in the walk of those who call themselves followers of Jesus Christ.
It’s popular because it takes the sting out of difficult topics.
Speaking politically, we have been fighting the drug war for generations now with what seems no end to the proliferation of drugs in the lives of citizens of almost every nation on the planet. Many have made the determination that it is useless to fight this war and have raised the flag of surrender and legalized many substances.
The benefits from a governance standpoint are argued to be that the reduced cost of policing a populace that is intent on the use of illicit drugs is a boon to the civil authorities. Besides, if you legalize the drugs then you can tax the buyers, sellers, and producers which were hidden from the economy by the black-market street corner sales of the product.
Death toll of competing distribution cartels is replaced by increased probability of fatal overdose and death due to impairment of judgement and motor skills by the drugs.
We trade cost cuts to enforcement and revenue generation from consumption, with more death and poverty across all levels of society, but more prevalent within the lower levels of the income.
Drugs aren’t the only place where legalization is being promoted as a solution to a difficult problem. Immigration, perforation of the moral fabric of the culture, and time after time seeking a means of buying the loyalty of citizens in exchange for their rights. Legalization is the precursor to bondage and decay.
Legalization in our spiritual lives
As if the political version of legalization wasn’t bad enough, this cancer makes its way into our spiritual lives too.
It is unbelievable the number of people today that consider themselves followers of Jesus, who harbor what the Word of God clearly states is sin and finds ways to minimize and justify their continued participation in the activity.
God knows exactly what those that make excuses for sin are doing.
ʻI know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth!
Revelation 3:15-16 (NET)
Stronger words I can’t really imagine.
Yet, so many have legalized what the scripture declares as an abomination to the Lord, an offence to his grace and righteousness, and that which the enemy celebrates.
But I have this against you: You have departed from your first love!
Revelation 2:4 (NET)
When we disregard the Word of the Lord and seek means to justify our sin, we negate the entire content of the scripture. You can’t pick and choose things which fit your lifestyle to accept and those things which do not abandon. If all of God’s Word isn’t worthy of trust, then none of it is.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NET)
The trust that God calls us to is synonymous with him and his character. If you have faith in God, you have faith in Jesus and the reverse of that is true as well, because God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one.
John opens his gospel with this defining statement.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.
John 1:1-5 (NET)
In the beginning is no different than today. It is no different than one thousand years from now. We learn that God the father was in the beginning. Right there with him was the Word. Further along we come to understand that The Word is actually pointing to Jesus, God’s Son. Which makes Jesus the physical manifestation of the Word of God.
It is virtually impossible to lack faith in the Word of God and its content and maintain that you have full and complete faith in Jesus and his gift of salvation. There is no separation between God and His Word. The two are mutually inclusive. It is impossible to have trust in Jesus with your eternal salvation and say that there is part of his word that are untrue.
The law of the Lord is perfect and preserves one’s life. The rules set down by the Lord are reliable and impart wisdom to the inexperienced.
Psalms 19:7 (NET)
Remember the Geico commercials that claim working with them is so simply even a caveman can do it. They ran it for quite some time but see the Word of God is similar in the fact that the Word of God is so straightforward that even a human can get it. What the Word identifies as sin, is sin. Continued participation in known sin indicates that the love of Christ Jesus is not in you.
The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:8-10 (NET)
And how do we know we love Jesus?
“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you.”
John 14:15-17 (NET)
You can’t separate The Son who is The Word, from his Word. There is nothing in God’s Word that provides us the means of the “Legalization” of sin.
In the Grace of Jesus!