Daily Devotion

The Spiritual No-Man's Land

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
Our culture in the United States seems to be turned upside down. In the perception of many, that which was once considered good is now perceived as bad. And that which was once perceived as bad is now thought of as good.
There was a time when, if someone was doing something immoral, we would have said that was bad. For example, if a boyfriend and girlfriend were living together, we would have said that was bad. If you were married, that was considered good. Today, however, if someone thinks marriage is only between a man and a woman, it is now considered bad.
Here is what God says about that mentality: "What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter" (Isaiah 5:20).
There was a time in Israel's history when everything was upside down, much like it is in our culture today. In Judges 17, we read how and why that happened: "In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes" (verse 6). To put it in modern vernacular, everyone was doing their own thing. Everyone had their own "truth."
Here is what it comes down to. If you want to be a Christian, then be a Christian—a real one. If you don't want to be a committed Christian, then do whatever you want and face the consequences. Or, be a follower of Jesus and glorify God with your life. But this in-between living will keep you in a miserable no-man's land of compromise. You will have too much of Jesus to be happy in the world and too much of the world to be happy in Jesus.
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