The Sovereignty of Righteousness
The modern trend of thought seems to be leaning toward the philosophy that there is no such thing as concrete good or evil.
Our children are being taught that fads and morals are to be set and regulated by the principles and ideas of the wealthy and famous, and everyone else should be willing to conform to their whims and expect to find happiness by adopting their code of ethics.
If their code of ethics is a reasonable train of thought, they would have to accept satan as their supreme authority, because his followers are by far more popular than those that adhere to the Gospel message. It would also follow that money and talent should govern over wisdom and intelligence and is capable of creating a stable and happy environment with the strength to cradle all the future generations. It would also suggest that suffering and misery is acceptable for the less fortunate, and all judgment of moral conduct and social matters should be under the authority of notorious tyrants and bullies, and not based upon respect and any feelings of benevolence, pity, nor of fairness. It would then be reasonable to assume that evil should be glorified and accepted. The devil, being the most popular and honored, would be worthy to set trends, and his attributes and principles would become those which we should expect to attain as our highest state of bliss in the life hereafter. Of course this is sheer nonsense.
The above argument is presented to point out the folly of the perverted theory being promoted by today’s society, that is, there is no such thing as a concrete evil or concrete good except in the mind of the individual that judges it to be evil or good; therefore, there is nothing evil or morally bad that is accepted by the lawless rich and famous. This affirmation is ignorant.
Righteousness has the authority to demand conformity to its laws, and to establish boundaries and rules to be followed by everyone, whether they are rich or poor, educated or illiterate.
Right is right and wrong is wrong. Acceptance of evil has not one shred of power to change to good. For righteousness is good, not because Yahweh said it, it is good because of its consequences. When a society practices and promotes good—happiness, safety, peace, and health are the consequences. Evil is called evil because it has been proven to produce unhappiness and ill effects. Evil is the manifestation of the base nature of man and is expressed when a self-centered individual disregards the principles and laws of love and fails to respect the feelings and rights of others.
These Bible-based laws not only protect us in a community, but help us to guard against self-destruction. The Commandments of Yahweh were given to shelter civilization and to prevent us from destroying ourselves.
When a person breaks the law of love, they are sacrificing security and stability for the selfish gratification of their base desires and greed. Take notice: in the animal kingdom, the rebels are destroyed without mercy. Israel also eliminated their rebels without respect of persons; most primitive civilizations follow this rule.
In early history, before the majority of communities were populated enough to produce strong shelters for their young and infirm, tax revenue and donations from stable and dedicated individuals were not available to construct and maintain prison houses and guards to restrain those who were disrupting the tranquility of the community. Therefore, for the good of the whole community the troublemakers were immediately eliminated. This practice was not as merciless as it may, at first, appear.
In our educated society, the righteous are willing to give the offenders ample time to discover their folly. But these societies are continually burdened down with the load that the rebellious characters heap upon it. Everyone becomes a potential victim; each responsible citizen becomes a burden bearer for these rebels. When laws are relaxed, peace is disrupted and that which had stability becomes chaotic.
A Shelter Is Needed
Righteousness possesses the authority to demand conformance to its rule because it protects the innocent and measures out true justice and equality to all.
One of the basic and most essential needs in the human family is justice. If evil overrules justice, it eliminates the opportunity for the righteous to flow uninhibited and to attain self-fulfillment. Another basic human need is love; where love is not flowing, justice ceases to be.
Evil is birthed out of a greedy and selfish spirit. Evil affords no place for love to reproduce itself, or for it to be fulfilled.
Happiness is another basic need in the human family; evil trespasses against happiness. One cannot experience complete happiness if they are forced to live with or near a selfish and lawless person.
Peace is also essential to the health of the human family. Evil trespasses against peace. Peace is never found in the house of a contentious and vile person or in a society controlled by tyrants. The principle of love is to have the same respect and concern for our neighbor as we have for ourselves. The principle of evil is the survival of the fittest. Love blesses and cares for the less fortunate. Evil is centered on uncontrolled lust and greed, showing no respect for others or for ones self.
To justify evil on the grounds that it is practiced and accepted by the majority of society is insane. Wealth is more often accumulated through fraud and underhanded scheming, than through honest sources. Many people become rich by cheating, stealing, and breaking other laws of civilization; therefore, to assume the wealthy have gained the right to rule and set up opposing standards for the ones they have robbed, cheated, and enslaved, shows a lack of responsible reasoning.
Yahweh is love; Yahweh is Sovereign: goodness and righteousness are his attributes. These qualities are to be highly esteemed for their benefits. They supply the ingredients that produce happiness and well-being and cannot be supplanted.
“For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged …” (Matt. 7:2). This is not saying we should close our eyes to sin and every evil action, nor is it to justify the sins of others. If we justify sin, we become guilty of the sin we justify.
Scriptures warn against accepting briberies and showing favoritism because of prestige. They tell us that we cannot judge others by a standard that we do not set for ourselves; we cannot live below the measure of intelligence we possess and be justified.
The rules we make for others are the rules that we will be judged by. Again this is not to say we can set low standards for others so that we can live below our knowledge of right and wrong without condemnation. Every grain of truth we receive opens to the need for more and will condemn us if we do not make the effort.
The law of righteousness is a wall of steel; it will stand forever. But a rebel has no stability. He has no regard for Yahweh’s laws and is forever trying to establish his own, but he cannot. Even if he had the ability to make laws, he would destroy them. Once he conditions himself to disregard the feelings and rights of others by breaking the rules, he will break his own laws and dishonor his own word with the smallest temptation without concern for the consequences.
Every person that rebels against the law of love and righteousness, not only brings disharmony into his or her present environment, but trespasses against the blood of their fore-parents that was shed for the peace and safety we now enjoy. They sin against our future generations that must depend upon us to preserve a wholesome environment for their survival.
When we take sides with the ungodly, we support and strengthen their force and power to destroy civilization. When transgressors are in authority, the inhabitants are made to fear.
Please think! If you are living a lawless life, you are helping to create a lawless environment for all the future generations.
If lawlessness continues to thrive and find acceptance, especially in the churches, safety and peace will not survive in this country.
Lifting Up a Standard
Yahweh’s laws can be broken, but not destroyed. They stand even against those that have been deceived into believing the Commandments are outdated. If we feel hostile at the mentioning of the law, it might indicate we have a hidden reason.
If we are not lawless, but, through the fear of rejection, refuse to speak out for truth, we are feeding the flames of judgment on this nation.
When the city sat on the hill becomes overshadowed by sin, gross darkness covers the people. If the Church does not continue to shine her light into the darkness, there is no other light to replace her.