Right and Wrong
There is a concept that is difficult for some to accept today yet it pertains to all persons; there is a right; there is a wrong and there will be a day of reckoning. What does this mean, you might ask? In the course of our every day lives we make choices, some small and insignificant while others can be great and life altering. Some of those decisions fall under the purview of our obedience to the laws of our land. Obedience to the law is right, disobedience is wrong, and the day of reckoning occurs when we answer for our non-compliance to that law. For most of us this day of reckoning holds no fear for us because we are ‘good, law-abiding citizens’.
This is all well and good, but we need to consider another application to this concept, the one that covers our spiritual well-being. When it comes to the God’s Word, His instructions to us, we need to realize there is a right, there is a wrong, and that there will be day of reckoning. In our approach to God, are we right or are we wrong? When I ask this, what I’m asking is, “Are we doing what God has dictated in His word?” Jesus says in Matthew 7:21 that not everyone, even among those who call Him Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, only those who do the will of the Father. This goes against many who believe and teach things contrary to scripture (wherein we find God’s will). This is important; after all there is that day of reckoning to deal with. In our spiritual lives what is our guide? Do we put our trust solely in a particular preacher? Maybe we have a friend who seems to have a handle on religious matters and they are our source for enlightenment. Perhaps we have a favorite Christian author, in whom we seek direction. For nearly 300 years members of churches of Christ have said “we speak where the scriptures speak, and keep silent where the scriptures are silent”. For us there is but one source for what is right and what is wrong, the Bible, and it clearly indicates there is a day of reckoning for those “who know not God…and do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.” (2 Thessalonians 1:8)
Do you know if you’re right or wrong? The word of God will lead you right, but only if you’ll use it.
Copyright © 2007, Nolan P. Rutter