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EVENING
DEVOTIONS
WITH PASTOR ROSS
Undeserved Applause

The Lord warns His followers to be very careful about the things we approve.

The lines between good and evil can get blurred here on a planet that’s lost its moral compass.

According to Jesus:

This rebellious world has set aside God’s commands and has come up with its own values and moral standards; and not surprisingly:

“What the world finds honorable,” Jesus says, “God finds detestable.”

He’s not talking here, obviously, about praising acts of heroism or acknowledging achievements of excellence.

To understand what Jesus is talking about, you simply need to listen to a few TED talks where people are known to champion ideas, which the Bible denounces, only to receive thunderous applause.

That kind of thing happens a lot.

Godless celebrities applauded on red carpets.

Corrupt politicians receiving praise.

Immoral lifestyles paraded before us to celebrate.

And that pressure to applaud has been the undoing of some “Believers” who are now compromised and shipwrecked in their faith because they bowed the knee.

You cannot as a Christ-follower condone what Christ condemns, and if you do, you’re no longer walking in fellowship with truth.

It’s a bigger deal than our current lukewarm Christian culture may think.

When Israel was doing this kind of thing, here’s what the prophet had to say:

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who call darkness, light and light, darkness; who call bitter sweet, and sweet, bitter (Isaiah 5:20).

(Truth matters to God, and woe doesn’t mean a blessing is on the way.)

When Pilate interviewed our Jesus on that fateful Friday morning, the Lord told him:
 
I came into to the world to testify to the Truth. Anyone on the side of Truth listens to Me (John 18:37).
 
Standing with truth, as unpopular and uncomfortable (and upsetting as it may be), is a sign of your allegiance to the Lord or your defection from Him.

If your Lord says no—don’t say yes.

If your God says wrong, don’t say right.
 
If our Savior says unacceptable, let us dare not say acceptable.
 
No matter how much pressure the world brings, don’t let them squeeze you into their mold.

It’s been said that everyone has a price—and for some, the desire to fit in, be well-received, and not make waves means more to them than standing for God’s truth.

But.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James 1:12).
 
Hate the sin.
Love the sinner.

Don't applaud.

He Will Hold Me Fast
Scriptures for further reflection:
Ro.12:1-2; 2 Tim. 4:3; Ps. 12:7-8
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