I have seen friends who get so wrapped up in morality debates that they lose focus on what is truly important. Paul said that if we do not speak in love, we sound like clashing noise. Pushing a morality agenda without love misses the point.
During Jesus’ ministry, he did not train his disciples to bring about morality reform through government. Instead, he taught his disciples to become fishers of men by addressing the problems of the heart. Jesus pointed out the sin of man, and called for repentance and faith. He did not demand social reform…he sought reformation of the heart. He showed us that we follow who we serve first and foremost.
Let’s say that you become President. What laws would you try to get enacted? Would you outlaw infidelity? Alcohol? Cigarettes? If you somehow did, would that please God? Take adultery, for example. If you passed a perfect law that somehow stopped all adultery, those people impacted would not become more pleasing to God. Jesus said, ” But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Mat 5.28). Creating laws that stop the acts do not please Him because they do not address the true heart of the matter.
And, if you could enact a perfect set of laws that creates a utopia, who would receive the glory? Others who visit our country, enjoy what they experience, and say, “Look at what man can do!” That would certainly not glorify God!
We live to glorify God. We do that when we take down the idols in our lives and put Him first and foremost in our lives. This is the true heart of the matter, a matter of the heart. Jesus said that all laws come from the main rule, “Love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart, body and soul.” Therefore, it stands to reason that all sin comes from a lack of that love and prioritization of God in our lives. Focusing on the other rules, and seeking social reform, does not address that concern. When medicine addresses only symptoms, rather than a true cure, the problem remains.
So, how we can use these other laws and rules, such as what Phil Robertson pointed out (and listed in the Bible), to glorify God? I will write more on that in my next post.