You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.
I read this verse this morning and my mind couldn’t help but go to our current day… the health care plan, the occupy movement, the gay marriage, the political movements as a whole…
Have we in America not watched our politicians, the supposed leaders of our country do this exact thing that God so clearly says is wrong in His Word?
Have we not in our American churches not done this very same thing… choosing to make concessions, compromises, in order to meet the cry of the masses. So we would get the masses in our doors…
Christ never bowed down to the masses… He never followed the masses… nor should we who claim to follow Him. Jesus stepped into the boat and separated from the masses. Yes, He went to the masses but then He stepped back and said come and follow Me. He didn’t chase after the crowd or attempt to appease them… He simply spoke truth and who followed was who followed.
It didn’t matter to Jesus if you were rich or poor, righteous or wicked, loved or hated, right or wrong, religious or heathen, sick or healthy, holy or worldly… He didn’t change who He was and He didn’t adjust His words to fit who ever was listening at the time. He always spoke with love. He always spoke with purpose. He always spoke with authority. He always spoke with compassion. He always spoke with kindness. He always spoke with self-control. His life nor the masses ever counteracted or had the ability to change His words.
In our day today we have churches and government submitting to evil, we have laws being passed to pervert justice in order to appease the masses… we use the “poor man” as an excuse to form laws and regulations that are flat out wrong.
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
We all cheer this verse. “Woo-hoo that’s right rich man you are no better than me!” However where is the one who is willing to say “Just because you are a poor man does not make you right in your dispute nor give excuse to the perversion of justice.”
The fact that the poor are poor does not give anyone the right to steal from the rich man. What a man has earned he has earned. What is right is right… for the rich and the poor. Justice is justice… that is if we all have an even absolute truth that we will stand on.
Our nation was founded on Biblical truth and Biblical justice. The lines and law were clearly defined. The Bible was taught in the schools. The children of our nation learned to read through the pages of the Scriptures… and our nation was great. It was a nation of honor. It was a nation of principle. It was a nation of hope. It was a nation of strength, dignity, and integrity. It was a nation that was not perfect… but still always gave the individual the vision that they could make the nation better by putting their stamp on the pages of it’s history.
How sad it is to hear that the majority of the leaders of our country cannot even pin point a Biblical reference to support any of their stances. The news anchor, the journalist, the columnist spew the views and condemn those who hold to morality and they have not even taken the time to reference why these people hold to their stance so strongly.
The only good thing about the course our nation is beginning to take is the fact that the blurred lines of those who follow Christ and those who claim to follow Him, but really don’t, are beginning to become less blurred.
Those who obey Him, love Him. It’s as plain and simple as that.
You will either join the masses or you will step out and follow Him… you can talk all you want… profess all you want… but your life shows who you are following. If you can unashamedly mock His cross and His grace, ignoring the conforming to His Word… how can you claim to love Him?
Believe me, I understand growing in the LORD, I am growing as well… but growing requires… well growth. Standing with Christ requires taking a stand… taking up your own cross.
If our nation continues on this downward spiral away from who she was created to be will you be one who goes down with the masses or will you be one who steps in the boat with Christ and weather’s the storms to get to the other side with Him… and that being in every area of your life: business, political, and personal?
Let me not be deceived or washed away in the masses. Let me always keep my eyes on Christ. The lies of Satan and this world are always directed to appeal to our flesh. We as people are too easily swayed when masses begin to cry out. Those who walk in accordance to darkness know this and they use it to their advantage. I often wonder how many that cried “Hosanna!” also cried “Crucify!” as my Savior stood beaten before them? How many just simply went with the crowd? Oh Father, strengthen me that I might always stand with You, even if it means I stand alone. Teach me how to teach others to do the same. Let them see it lived out in my words and my actions. My Jesus I remember now Your words to Peter when he asked you about the purpose and direction of someone else, You simply turned to him and said, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” (John 21:22). I am not to focus on others. I am not to focus on the crowds. I am to focus only on You and follow only You.
My Jesus, it is in Your name I pray,