Have you ever heard the saying, “birds of a feather flock together”? Sorry to a special church member, as I know she has heard it many times 🙂 That saying is reminding us that we are the company that we keep. Or, we become like the company we keep. The apostle Paul gets at this in 1 Corinthians 15:33 when he writes, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.'” The apostle Paul is writing in 1 Corinthians 15 to try and correct some faulty theology. Some in Corinth didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead. Paul uses this chapter to show that Christianity rises and falls on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then we have no hope in this life or the life to come. As soon as he tries to correct this wrong thinking, he then gives a scathing rebuke to the Corinthian believers in the next verse. 1 Corinthians 15:34 says, “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”
I believe this is a very timely message for the church in America today. Paul is saying that the church in Corinth has been spending so much time in prideful division, that they have neglected their calling from God. Instead of sharing the message of the Gospel, and teaching proper theology, they were busy jockeying for position of power and influence. Put a little more bluntly, the Corinthian believers were fussing and fighting while the people of the city around them died and went to hell. Can the same be said for the church in America today? Sadly, I believe in many ways it can be. The nation knows the church’s politics, they know what we are against, but do they know what we are for? Do they know the life-saving, life-transforming message of the Gospel? Are they hearing it from us, or are we spending all of our time consumed with building our own little kingdoms, that we are neglecting the true kingdom work? Here is a sobering thought, we could “win” the election, but still never affect someone’s eternity. The church needs to be involved in the governing of the land, but it must be secondary to the work of the true King, and His kingdom. The hope of people isn’t a donkey or an elephant, it is the “lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
I want to appeal to my brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s not become so focused on earthly affairs, that we forget why God has left the church on earth. We must love God and love others so much that we are known as Gospel sharing people. Our love for God and others must be evident to those around us, if we want to earn the right to speak into their lives with the truth of the Gospel. We live in a skeptical society, partly of our own making. But I still believe in the power of God to save sinners. I believe in it, because Jesus has done it for me, and many others I know. We can’t save anyone, but we can share with them who can save them, and how He will save them. We just have to love God and love others enough to open our mouths and share the truth. Will we commit ourselves to this? For the lost’s sake, I sure hope so.
By His grace and for His glory,