Madison Christian Church

May 16, 2016 Devotional

“Man is the measure of all things” said the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras.  Then in the 19th century there was a poem called “Invictus” by the English poet William Henley.  The last stanza of this poem says, “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

These sentiments are what we are seeing in our culture.  Mankind has fallen into the thinking that WE are in charge.  And so we are telling people if they THINK  they are the opposite sex of which they were born, then they ARE.   If any man feels like he is a woman, then he is.  If any woman feels like she is a man, then she is.  So we begin calling him a her and her a him.  Why?  Because THEY said so.  And who can argue with that?

The modern world believes MAN (as in mankind) is the measure of all things.  The modern world believes MAN (as in mankind) is the master of his fate and the captain of his soul.  So, to question anyone who says he is a she or anyone who says she is a he, is to call into question that person’s autonomy!

But, what if the idea that we are in charge is not true?  If there is, for example, a God who created us and is the judge of all things, we are not doing people any favors by allowing them to pretend they are something/someone they are not.  We need to love them and try to help them.  But it is not helping them  by allowing them to just continue in their delusion.

Ezekiel 3:18 is where we read, “If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die’; and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.”  This should convict us (in my opinion) to want to stand for the truth.    And, as always, we need to find that balance of speaking the truth in love.  But love does not mean allowing people to live in the delusion of believing they are their own god.