Do Not Condone Lipstick On the Pig
The weight of an angry world presses hard and unforgiving, and evil intends to crush our Christmas spirit. Joyous occasions turn bittersweet with the pain of someone’s heartbreak, sickness or suffering. Plans for good must be edited for sticky situations. Kind enthusiasm is slowly replaced by resentment — for complicated demands and overbearing wants and needs.
How do we continue as loving servants in a world crowded by selfish souls?
… be they our own selfish souls, or his, hers and theirs? The answer is simple, as always. We need only remember to focus on the reason for the season. But doing so, remembering to seek God’s will in every situation? It is our never-ending struggle.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
~ Isaiah 61:1-3
I once heard, or perhaps read, something like: “Don’t get comfortable. In fact, you’ll probably feel uncomfortable most of the time …” And what the speaker or writer (I can’t remember!) meant was, if you’re happy and comfortable and easing through your days and weeks and years, then you’re a) not paying attention and b) not focused on God’s will.
Because there’s an awful lot in my home, your home — in every minute of every day — that God absolutely abhors, and so should we. If we’re numb to His outrage and blind to sin (our own sins, and the sinful nature of the world around us), then we need to straighten up and get with the [biblical] program!
There’s nothing comfortable about pain and suffering and terrorism. There’s nothing remotely comfortable or righteous about imposed general respect for everyone and everything. We do not — no matter what we’ve been force-fed — have a ‘right’ to do what we want, simply because we want to do it. We do, however, have a right to say, “No. That’s wrong and I will not condone it.”
How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! ~ Proverbs 1:22-23
Know what else? There are not 50 shades of gray, 50 shades of sin, or 50 ways to justify evil. It does not matter if sin is mild and purportedly meek, or radicalized and determined to cause destruction at every turn. A belief system based on malicious intent and false doctrine is always evil. Masquerading under the ruse of religion doesn’t make something worthy of respect. You know the expression, “Like lipstick on a pig.” It’s still a pig.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and tear you apart. ~ Matthew 7:6
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. ~ Proverbs 1:32-33
We need to listen. We need to pay attention. We need to be uncomfortable. We SHOULD be bothered by evil. We SHOULD feel called to act against oppression and a general turning away from all that is good and honest and right and blessed. We SHOULD walk freely into each and every day secure and confident that …
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7
Evil is often wrapped in a pretty little package with a delightfully big bow. Resist, friends.