I have little respect for Australia’s two most prominent political leaders, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten. They are essentially amoral, self-serving individuals, trying endlessly to gain popularity and get elected, even while electoral success seems to be slipping from them, while being utterly indifferent to matters of principle.
Yes they played their part, but they were not the ones essentially responsible for the debacle called the Same Sex Marriage plebiscite in Australia, when 61% of the nation voted in favour of legislating its acceptance. The responsibility for that lies predominantly with God’s people, the church.
How do I know this? Jesus warned us of this kind of scenario. He said,
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men (Mat.5:13).
This has been a long time coming, and it’s all been predicated by the refusal by 98% of the church, to take God’s law seriously. What does this say about homosexuality?
If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them (Lev.20:13).
Heard much talk lately about “detestable acts”? I’ve heard none.
Should we have? Absolutely.
Why haven’t we?
Because most ministers today are spineless moral cowards, totally unfit to be leading God’s people. So what do we get? Mist in the pulpit, fog in the pew.
This means that the church’s respect in the community will only decline, until there is a sea change, a Reformation, even a moral Revolution, amongst the grass-roots of God’s people.
This will not start with the leaders. They were the ones who got us into this position in the first place, and they’ll never get us out of it. They’ll need to be pushed out of the way by godly and resolute individuals, fed up with compromise.
I’ve tried talking to plenty of pastors on matters of principle vs. compromise. In every case it’s been a waste of time, because,
- a) They don’t believe in Biblical absolutes, and b) They haven’t trained their people to believe in them, either.
Reform will have to come from outside The System, which is where it’s always come from, anyway. This year, we’re celebrating 500 years since the Protestant Reformation was begun in 1517, by someone who wasn’t part of the system.
If the pastor and the elders in a church don’t want change, forget about hoping they’ll initiate it. God will bring change, whether the leaders of His people want it, or not. But He may very well cause us to be chastised in the process, for our disobedience.
The nation has been going backwards, because the church has been in retreat through a lack of godly, Biblical leadership, right across the board. Christians must pray that God will raise up that godly leadership-quickly.
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart (Ps.119:34).