A Sign of the Times?

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There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.  (2 Timothy 3:1–5, NIV 1984).

My Musings – I’ve been watching again one of my favorite TV series, “24.”  This time around a snippit of dialogue caught my attention that I apparently missed the first time around. — “sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reason.”  That line has been haunting me.  As I reflect on the entire 24 series, it dawns on me that really sums up the entire series, doing the wrong thing, for the right reason.  In other words, the end justifies the means. In a sense, it sounds right (justified), and we are lulled into believing that the right reason justifies doing the wrong thing.  In reality, it negates the right reason. The right reason is betrayed by the wrong thing.  The wrong thing denies the power of the right reason.

My Advice – The are certain things (right reasons) in the Evangelical community that we consider so sacrosanct that we sometimes feel justified in doing or tolerating the wrong things for these reasons.  The right reason does not need that kind of help.  It stands on it’s own power.  It is a dilemma of our own making.  It is terrible times indeed, if the Church resorts to “helping’ God out this way. “For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?”  (2 Corinthians 6:14–15, NIV 1984).