Foreheads with a mark

If you watch or listen to the news, the idea that this world’s heart is “only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5) starts to ring true. A mass of people gets killed by a single gunman. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people die every day due to a drug overdose. Political leaders seem to be constantly guilty of corruption. What are we to do?

Edmund Burke was quoted as saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” The duty of every Christian is to do something about that evil. The apostle Paul by inspiration wrote that we should, “Preach the word; be instant (be ready) in season, out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). Paul is telling us that whether people want to hear the truth or not, it is our job to preach the gospel.

Perhaps the best thing we could do is follow the teaching of our Lord Jesus: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify you Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). If people do not see a difference between your life and theirs they probably will give no heed to the gospel message you preach.

But, for any action to start there must be a feeling of sadness or disgust with the way people are living. God told the prophet Ezekiel to, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof” (Ezekiel 9:4). God’s faithful children were clearly bothered and upset about the way the people around them were behaving. It should be no different for us today. If the sin in today’s world does not bother you then why would you do anything about it? If sin does make you “sigh and cry”, then you should want to do something to make the sinful aware of the danger they are in.

Peter writes that God “is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9). If Ezekiel were here today and God told him that same thing, would your forehead have a mark on it when he passed through your town? Take advantage of the time our Father is giving us and “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

In Christ, Steve Preston

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