The era of withered morals may actually be a proper appellation for our times. But this should not surprise anyone because in our own time the text of John 15:4-5 has become very real. For we have simply ‘cut’ ourselves off from the Lord, and now we are beginning to wither. Once Christian Nations, have now been “reported… [as promoting all manners of] immorality…, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans;” (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:1), for men are now legally permitted to lay with men as spouses, and women with women too (cf. Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27) even to the point of ‘marriage’ (cf. Matthew 19:3. Jesus’ back-to-back references to Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24 in this passage depicts an understanding of a heterosexual requirement for marriage).
BUT in our “arrogance” (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:2), we celebrate the above as ‘victory for freedom’ (cf. Luke 4:18, John 8:36), yet those who believe the Words of scripture are denied the ‘freedom’ to talk and insist on this as it concerns them, even in lands were ‘freedom of speech’ is said to be promoted—we should shamefacedly be mourning and wailing for voluntarily choosing the path of perdition (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:1-8). For Paul, the emphasis is on the act, on the sin, and not on the person or sinner (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:5, Luke 15:1-32). And like Paul, WE DO NOT condemn persons, no! But we do condemn the act, the sin while hoping like Paul, for a positive change (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:5), not as a licence for heterosexual promiscuity, which is also among our bane today (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-20), nor is it because we think we are better (cf. Romans 3:9-18, Ezekiel 3:17-21, Ezekiel 33:7-9). But we all are weak, and in constant need of God’s help and mercy (cf. John 15:1-8, Romans 3:23).
Thus, for us to be healed of our withered morals, we need to stop trying to silence His disciples (cf. Acts 4:16-20, Acts 5:19-20, 28-29), or trying to find fault with His Word (Luke 6:6-8, John 6:68-69, John 14:6,23). Secondly we need to come to terms with the fact of our depravity and infirmity, just like the man with the withered hand, and having “come” to terms with the truth of ourselves, to “stretch” out to Jesus and be saved (cf. Luke 6:8,10).
AND those of his flock, will surely listen and obey (cf. John 10:27).
Reflection Passage: Luke 6:6-11
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