“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18, NIV 1984).
My Musings – If you aspire to be relatively virtuous, then your resolutions for 2023 should be relatively easy this year. Because in this culture, as it has become, no one can say you didn’t keep your resolution. Just move the markers.
No one that is, except the One who established the standards for righteousness in the first place. The One who gave us the only idea of “what’s good.” That any “system of belief” that is contrary to His “notion” is completely invalid. His virtue is not only “better than vice,” it is better than any other competing system of virtue could ever hope to be. What’s more, it is the only “system of belief” that He will tolerate.
We may have to tolerate and be “victimized” by those in the world who believe and behave differently. But “woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20, NIV 1984). What woe, one might ask? “There is a judge for the one who rejects me [Jesus] and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.” (John 12:48, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Resolved, to not compromise God’s truth which is absolute in each and every situation the future may bring.