Ask for the ancient paths
Pastor Mark Jeske
It is the conceit of the young to imagine that their age is the most enlightened in history, that technology has changed everything, that new is always and automatically better, that all old things are obsolete. Yesterday’s stuff and ways are, well, you know, so yesterday. Alarm clocks, flip phones, and landlines are beneath contempt.
“Old” principles of human morality have been completely revised. Absolute standards for right and wrong are in the trash. “Tolerant” and “diverse” have replaced “judgmental” and “narrow-minded.” You can choose any sexual behaviors you want. For that matter, you can choose any gender identity that suits you at the moment, and no one is allowed to tell you you’re wrong.
Disrespect for historic and timeless principles of human behavior is nothing new. Six centuries before Christ, Jeremiah confronted the same conceits and had this wise counsel: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Jeremiah 6:16).
Committing adultery has not lost its sinful nature just because we’re in the 21st century and everybody thinks it’s cool now. Judgment day is coming whether you believe in it or not. Because of the conscience that God put into every human being, sin against his will brings anxiety, fear, and guilt, not peace.
Ask for the ancient path: Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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