As our society continues to slide into its moral and spiritual abyss, we believers tend to follow suit by calibrating our view of God downward, in order to ensure the fact that the stark contrast between our duplicity and God’s holiness is not too obvious.
After all, it’s tough to keep one foot in each camp if the contrast between the two is too great!
In truth, the gap between man’s perception of God and the reality of the true God is shockingly greater than most of us can ever imagine. Isaiah the Prophet, for example, when visited by the Holy One declared,
“Woe to me!… I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 6:9)
One way we calibrate our view of God downward is through rationalization:
- We rationalize the filth we regularly drink into our system through “entertainment“. God’s standard however is that,
“[You] will set before [your] eyes no vile thing… If anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think on these things.” (Psalm 101:3a; Philippians 4:8a)
- We rationalize our self-indulgent lifestyle. Christ’s calling however is that,
“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.” (Luke 9:23, 24)
- We rationalize our work ethic. Christ’s warning however, is that,
“Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)
CREATING GOD IN OUR IMAGE by rationalizing our flesh-driven behavior? The Word of God does not allow us that option:
“Make every effort… to be holy.” Because, “without holiness no one shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)