The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.
The world has been busy honoring what in God’s opinion is vile. As God’s people we are called to honor what is pure, and repent from honoring what is impure. Repentance will lead the way in this world to God’s blessings, and this is the privilege and duty of the church today – to repent in our hearts for how we have associated with what is wrong and to turn to Christ in faith.
Different ways to deal with the problem of society’s immorality have been tried through the centuries. The aftermath of the Black Death that scourged Europe in the 14th century left a sense that sin affected everyone, and even led to extremes in punishing immoral behavior. And, of course, this was not effective for the punishers through their cruelty became as ungodly as the ones they were accusing.
The only method of helping people understand the effect of immoral behavior has been to live moral lives and allow a free flow of information to see what happens to those who live immorally. This way does not bring quick changes to society, but it does place the entire matter before public scrutiny as nothing else can.
It is my conviction that much of society has gone too far and the foundations of world culture are being shaken at this current time. It all seems to herald the return of the Lord, for I cannot imagine things continuing to get worse. Certainly believers today can identify with the repentant prayer of Isaiah, “Woe is me! For I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell amidst a people of unclean lips.” Repentance on a broad scale is the only thing that perhaps will avert the judgment of God on the West. Let us allow God to search our hearts today, to turn from what is evil and perverse and turn to Him who is True.
Lord, save us from our sins and cleanse our lands of evil. Let us stand for what is pure and holy as Your beloved people. Deliver us from evil, and especially the evil from self-satisfied pride. Lay the burdens of Your heart upon ours. Amen.