The world is loose. People hold loose definitions of truth and lies. Of right and wrong. Of good and evil. amorphous
Our God is a God of hard edges. Clear demarcation lines. Black and white. No compromise.
The co-worker who states, “Sure, there are bad – even evil – people out there. But I believe that humankind is basically good.”
But Paul negates that firmly when he writes “through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
The neighbor who says, “Jesus, Allah, Buddha ... what’s the difference? Why make such a fuss?”
But Jesus replies, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
The friend who affirms, “I believe most people go to heaven when they die.”
But Jesus warns, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
The family member who holds that “Morality is a matter of opinion. There are no absolutes.”
But we are exhorted to “abhor what is evil; cling to what is good ... Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9,21)
The world mocks the Church by saying, “You are such fearmongers! You keep talking about the ‘last days’ and Jesus returning – you are such fools!”
But Peter assures us that, “by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:7)
In a world that is loose, let us worship our God – our God of hard edges.