There is an interesting verse found at the very end of the book of Judges which says, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” In other words there was no one to govern or decide the direction of the nation so “All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). Although this is a verse taken from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, it remains true even today.
As I watch society unravel at its core my mind follows the trail backwards to attempt to understand where things went off the rails. According to the Bible, the root of our problem hasn’t changed a bit. It all started in a Garden as recorded in Genesis chapter 3. God says one thing and the enemy says, “did God really say?” Amazing!
If we want to discover meaning we must look back to the one and only who gives everything meaning. If we want to attempt to redefine reality, well that’s another thing. Let’s look for a minute at the meaning of one particular word, the word marriage.
The world is clamoring for what it calls “Marriage equality”, or “the right to marry.” Where do rights come from? Who says? The first thing we have to do is define the word “marriage.” Merriam’s dictionary says,
a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage>
b: the mutual relation of married persons: wedlock
c: the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage
Now the question arises, “who defines marriage for us?” Everything I see throughout the scripture tells me marriage is between one man and one woman but as you can see above there is the added “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.” If we, as a society, continue to redefine reality in this manner destruction has to be the result. What’s interesting to me is the enemy, that old serpent, hasn’t got any new tricks. From the beginning his strategy has been based on one question; “Did God really say?”
If we refuse to take God at His Word we will continue to reap the horror of a confused society. We will inevitably continue to see “men” and “women” who don’t know who they are. When I say, “Don’t know who they are” I mean they won’t even know if they are a man or woman. After all, what makes you a man or woman? I heard recently someone in the news say, “Male and female aren’t determined by our physical makeup; there’s more to me than my body parts.” This is what’s leading many to push for “unisex” bathrooms, even at an elementary school level. If this isn’t madness I don’t know what is.
As you may have already realized, it’s quite difficult to write something about how one defines words and meaning. I mean, how can you understand me if you define these words differently than I do? How does anything have any meaning at all?
If we look back, even beyond the fall in the Garden in Genesis, to Isaiah 14 we will see the real cause of the confusion. Isaiah 14 describes what, for many, is the mind of Lucifer (satan). His plan all along was to be in charge. He said, “I will make myself like the Most High.” But we can reduce this a bit and just say, “I will make myself…” This I think strikes at the root of what is going on in our society today. We (the ruling authorities, or man as a whole) are doing “what is right in their own eyes”, because fallen man is so deceived they have gone astray “like sheep” and think they can “make themselves” whatever they want, even to the point of men transforming into women. With this type of reasoning our society will unravel. Will you pray with me for God to restore sanity to our world? In the words of Jesus himself let us pray, “Thy kingdom come thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”