A Society on the Mend

We live in hard times and there seems to be, connected with it, concern and frustration about what to do. We must remember that “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Societies throughout history have had to deal with the same problems we now face and this description of social decline is all too familiar.

Isaiah, prophesying against Israel, said: “Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (Isaiah 59:14-15). The only way this society would mend was to be honest, submit to God and quit sinning.

The “PC” response of accepting, tolerating, or even apathetically ignoring sin will only lend to our downward spiral. So, here is what we must do:

  • Sin must be identified: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). Euphemizing and excusing sin by soft-pedaling terms so as to make it less offensive is offensive in and of itself. Adultery and fornication is not “living together.” Cursing and crudity is not “colorful language.” Perversion of natural sexual relations is not “alternative lifestyles.” We should speak “as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11).
  • Sin must be exposed: “For I know their works and their thoughts” (Isaiah 66:18); we can hide nothing from God. Paul tells us, therefore, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11). Sin is covert, secretive and done in darkness (Isaiah 29:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:7). Adam and Eve hid from God (Genesis 3:8); how did that work out?
  • Sin must be corrected: “Return to me, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22). Ezekiel concurred: “Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezekiel 18:30). The “Humpty-Dumpty Syndrome” certainly applies to sin; it cannot be undone, and consequences are inevitable, but continuing in words or deeds that were sin before we were baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38) are still sin after we have been baptized. Baptism doesn’t make sin right; we must quit sinning (cf. Romans 6:16-23; 12:1-2).

God is good medicine. His healing is the only hope for any culture or country. Only God can put our society on the mend.

Jeff Sweeten