How Not to Be Vexed by Society’s Rebellion

August 18, 2017 at 2:20 PM Leave a comment

As a Christian, I often see or hear things in society which tend to vex me. It seems plainly obvious that people often miss the truth, either from a stubborn refusal to acknowledge it or simply because their hardened heart has made it impossible for them to acquiesce to God’s way and His truth. It is more than frustrating and of course I realize that the argument regarding “what is truth?” rages on in society, but logically, there can only be one truth, not many truths.

What we see and hear in society is often due to a complete lack of ability to discern truth and stems from a resolute rebellion against God. People seem so easily manipulated by the media or individuals. A news anchor can go on during a broadcast and seem to shed tears over some fabricated, hysterical subject that he’s largely guilty of creating or exaggerating and because of it, people fall in line behind him, taking up his banner cry.

Emotional virtue is the main way that people in society choose their path. If it tugs at their heart-strings, that’s the direction they believe they should move in. Of course, there is nothing wrong with experiencing feelings. As human beings, we were created with the capacity to feel and emote. It’s what separates us from the animal kingdom. However, too often, animals seems smarter even though they live mainly by pre-programmed instinct!

You listen to someone make completely asinine statements with a straight face and you wonder how they can do this. Are they paid stooges? Are they really that stupid? Why are they using obvious propaganda and worse, why do others fall in line with them as if they speak the truth?

The recent tragedy in Charlottesville is just one example. Since then, the media and its sycophants have been busy painting all Trump supporters as “white supremacists.” They want to paint President Trump as a racist as well even though Jesse Jackson presented him with an award in the late 1990’s.

While there were certainly some Neo-Nazis there at the rally, video clearly shows that the fascist leftist group, AntiFa (Anarchists), threw the first punch. I’m not excusing any Neo-Nazis that were present, but they didn’t start the violence and no matter how reprehensible one might view Neo-Nazis and their rhetoric, the First Amendment protects their speech, even if it might be defined as “hate” speech. No group has a right to pummel someone for what they believe or say.

Barcelona Spain was also in the news recently because of a terrorist occurrence there. Numerous people were killed when several terrorists strapped on bombs and blew themselves up along with numerous tourists. Instead of pointing out the obvious – that many within Islam do what they do for Allah, including killing innocent people – some media commentators tried to link it as a “copycat” event of Charlottesville. It’s absurd to critically thinking people who quickly saw through the charade.

Global society seems to be quickly going insane with sweeping charges of racism applied to conservatives (and whites in general) and any statue that appears to be connected with the Confederacy being torn down. How did society get here?

With everything that is transpiring these days, how can Christians not be “vexed” on a continual basis? Is it just current society that has become unhinged in so many ways? Is this something new? Can we learn anything from the past?

To be vexxed means to be continually annoyed or deeply bothered or constantly distressed by what is seen or on display in society. It stems from the complete lack of truth and the uplifting of lies. Though the lies are obvious, they don’t appear to be obvious to a segment of the population. In fact, the people who cling to the lies bandied about often become extremely obnoxious in the support of those lies.

It’s clear from too many places in Scripture that often in the days of old, Israel’s kings and people were too busy rebelling against God to be able to think straight and make intelligent decisions. Like many within society today, the ancient people of biblical times often failed where God was concerned through deliberate rebellion and stubbornness. They stopped their ears. They only wanted to hear “good” prophesies, not prophesies of coming destruction.

Too often, Israel’s (and later Judah’s) kings only kept “prophets” around them who would tell them what they wanted to hear. In numerous cases, true prophets were imprisoned, beaten, or killed for delivering the message God wanted delivered to that current king and people of Israel, while false prophets prospered.

The message from the true prophet was almost always a warning of impending judgment if things continued as they were. God would say “here’s what’s going to happen if Israel refuses to obey My Words.” Accompanied with that was usually something along the lines of “If Israel repents and obeys, then this other thing will happen instead.”

One would think that given the fact that God was speaking (through a specific prophet), to the people of Israel any king worth his salt would gladly accept what God said and put the terms of His conditions into practice. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. After Israel divided into two kingdoms, all the kings of Israel’s northern kingdom were terrible and only a few of Israel’s southern kingdom (Judah) were obedient to God.

During the ministry of the prophet Jeremiah, he suffered greatly because of the hard-hearted nature of the kings over Israel at that time. Though God would send Jeremiah to warn of impending disaster if they did not change their ways, the king barreled ahead in stubborn refusal to acquiesce to God’s demands and decrees.

In Jeremiah 36, we read where God instructed Jeremiah to write on a scroll the words that He had previously told him regarding Judah, and take it to the religious leaders of Israel. There, the scroll should be read to them aloud. This was done and eventually, the scroll was brought before Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah and read to him.

But get this though – as the scroll was being read, the king would cut off the part that had just been read and…wait for it…toss it into a burning pot!

21 Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary. And Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside the king. 22 It was the ninth month, and the king was sitting in the winter house, and there was a fire burning in the fire pot before him. 23 As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them into the fire in the fire pot, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the fire pot. – Jeremiah 36:21-23 ESV

The king couldn’t have cared less what God had to say about anything. His reaction to God’s Words were to get rid of it. Burn it. Ha, what does God think of that?! Do we have people today who treat God’s Word the same way? You bet we do.

Wouldn’t you think that during a time when God used individual prophets to speak to His people of Israel or Judah that people would take the time to listen? They didn’t, resulting in their destruction. First Israel and then later Judah was completely destroyed. The northern kingdom of Israel with Samaria as its capital fell in 722 BC, while the southern kingdom of Judah lasted only until 586.

It seems clear that too many of these evil kings did not want to hear from God at all as if shutting their ears or burning His Words in the fire would make it impossible for God to carry through on His threats or promises. How asinine is that, but it is clearly born of obstinate, sinful, rebellion. Did what Jehoiakim do make any difference? Ultimately not. What does Jeremiah 36:24 say about his attitude?

Yet neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, nor did they tear their garments.

Even though several individuals urged the king not to do what he did, the king didn’t care about their concern. But consider the unmitigated gall of the king! He was essentially telling God that in spite of all the facts, he, King Jehoiakim, was not going to bend to His will, at least not willingly. What was God’s response to this rebellious treachery?

30 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: He shall have none to sit on the throne of David, and his dead body shall be cast out to the heat by day and the frost by night. 31 And I will punish him and his offspring and his servants for their iniquity. I will bring upon them and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem and upon the people of Judah all the disaster that I have pronounced against them, but they would not hear. – Jeremiah 36:30-31 ESV

People can easily reach a point where they are in such a state of rebellion against God that no amount of truth will change their minds. They can’t hear it. Their stubborn pride contests God’s ways and ushers them to their own doom.

The amount of lawlessness, rebellion, destructive actions, and godless thinking that goes on in society is nothing new. It exists in every generation. As this age moves toward its God-appointed climax, we can be assured that this level of rebellion against God will continue unabated and will even increase. All too often, God’s people will become the victims of the rebellion and idolatry of the age. We have the record of Scripture that proves it from the past for us and the prophecies of the future that do the same.

So if just about everywhere we look in society today has at least some measure of hatred toward God, where or how does the authentic Christian find peace? Where can we go to find solace?

It can only happen with the knowledge of how all things will ultimately work out under God’s merciful hand.  As difficult as life can be now, only in resting in the facts of how God will ultimately work all things out for His purposes and glory, will we gain even a modicum of peace and assurance. While we can take note of what is happening within society, we must learn to focus on Him and Him alone, not the circumstances that plague society due to the general rebelliousness of its people.

Reading through His Word provides clarity. It reveals that God is fully sovereign, even using evil nations to purge Israel and create discomfort in the world so that many will turn to Him in repentance and submission for salvation. No one would do that in a world free of problems. The history of Israel also proves that.

If all we as Christians do is focus on the issues – the problems in the world that evil people create at the behest of the enemy of our souls – all we will see is darkness. We must look to God and His Word to learn how He has used and continues to use society – nations and people – to bring about His goals.

We need to ask ourselves what is God’s game plan? What does God want to happen? Why is He allowing these things within society? Can Christians change society? Is that our calling?

There are many reasons for all of these things but the most important point in all of it is what God is ultimately going to bring about in the world. Jesus warned us that things will get very bad as the end of this age approaches (Matthew 24). Paul echoed that these last days will be terrible (2 Timothy 3). Why? Are they the end in and of themselves? Not at all! They are the means to God’s appointed end – a Millennial Kingdom ruled by Sovereign God Himself leading to a New Heaven and New Earth! That is the end goal! That should be our focus too because it appears to be God’s focus.

There is only one way I am aware of to not be vexxed by what is happening in society and I do not do it perfectly yet. That way is to focus on God’s plans, His purposes, His agenda, His goals. We can only do this when our mind is filled with His Word with the knowledge of how God uses society to bring about His ends. There is no other way.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

Remember, to rebel at God’s Word like Jehoiakim did is equivalent to divination. Being resolutely stubborn where God is concerned is likened to idolatry (1 Samuel 15:23).

You can ignore God’s Word like Jehoiakim, to your own peril or you can submit to it and gain insight into God’s purposes. Those are the only two choices: rebel or submit. There are no other options.

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