Living in Righteousness

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” -Isaiah 5:20 (NIV)

We live in an age where moral confusion has become a disease that has seeped into our culture like a poison. Abandoning absolute anGoogle+Photod universal moral values, we have adopted the position that morality is subjective and solely dependent on what the individual feels. Some might take this as a sign of progress; that such an attitude heralds an age of peace and happiness. But such a peace comes at a dire price. In the name of toleration and a wish to make everybody content, we have rationalized inherently evil practices as being acceptable, turned a blind eye to injustice, and have restrained ourselves from condemning both wickedness itself and the practice of allowing it to persist. If human society continues to degrade itself in this manner, we will silence the voice of truth, righteousness, and justice; instead becoming mindless slaves of our own depravity.

Humanity is meant to live under a set of guidelines. Without them, we have nothing to hold back our carnal nature. God, in His Word, set in place His righteous and pure standards for proper human conduct. These standards are not there to oppress us, but to protect us from the ravages of falling prey to our sinful nature. Yet if we try to obey God’s Laws, we will fail because His standards are too lofty for humans to attain through any action of our own. This is why in His love and grace, He sent His Son to Earth to die for us on the cross; so that by His blood and His glorious resurrection sin’s hold over us is broken and we can enjoy a restored relationship with God. When we allow Christ to work within our hearts, we will know exactly what is right and wrong for His righteousness will be worked out through us. Only through Christ’s indwelling in our hearts and our constant obedience to His voice will we be able to live according to God’s standards. Through Him we will be able to stand confidently for truth, righteousness, and justice; never forgetting that all are deserving of God’s love and grace and that all can achieve salvation from their depravity if they allow Christ to work in their lives.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.