SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
Scripture: Psalm 97:10
Psalm 97:10 says, “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 97 is simple and clear – if we love the Lord, we will hate evil. The Bible draws a clear distinction between the way of the Lord and the way of evil. There are two distinctive paths that men can take. One is Godly and righteous and the other is ungodly and demonic. Evil has its own path. It has its own way. and those who are righteous are called to drop the plumbline and do judgment in prayer on those who are evil so that evil does not prevail. We must ask ourselves, does the evil of shedding innocent blood prevail in America? Has abortion prevailed in America? Why has abortion prevailed? Because Christians think they can vote for people who either support or refuse to openly oppose abortion and it is OK. But it is not OK! Choosing the way of the Lord requires us to choose, in every decision and every action, whether to keep the Lord’s way or abandon it. We cannot violate God’s Word and not pay the price. Voting for politicians who do not openly oppose abortion is not hating evil, and is not keeping the way of the Lord. The price of abortion is eventual judgment! As it continues to be legal and innocent blood continues to be shed, the cup of iniquity fills, demanding termination of the land’s inhabitants! The church needs to open their eyes to the truth in the Word. Ignoring Bible verses and truths about justice, judgment and hating evil effectively enables evil to prevail. Refusing to hate evil is more acceptable in today’s culture and many believers genuinely think they are emulating Christ by doing so. But ignoring, “contextualizing” or refusing to grapple with difficult Scriptures is a “Christianity” that grieves the Lord. Following the way of the Lord is not easy and never has been. Living the “seeker-sensitive” lukewarm lifestyle is unlikely to earn a “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Refusing to hate evil is refusing to represent the fullness of Who Christ is! This is a serious hour – in many areas evil is prevailing in America and the church has to learn to move God’s Hand against it.