Major Crossroad: God or Godless

Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word. (1 Kings 18:21)

The choice between being godly or godless is being tested on a macroscale once again. We are at a major crossroad and a third great awakening is in order. A great awakening is a period of time when God’s people rise-up. God’s spirit permeates the land to turn the tide so that we may worship a loving, worthy, holy, and just God. Many theologians would suggest those days are over, and we are close to the end times. That may be true, but God is in the business of changing tides when His creation is willing to repent. Repentance is the key to restoration.

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Idolatry

The idea that all gods are equal and all opinions about God are valid is completely false. And, it is not being ignorant to say so. It is being clear about what is true, and what is not true. In 1 Kings 18, the people wanted to worship both God (Yahweh) and Baal. God used Elijah to be His voice of reason. As one can imagine, Elijah felt alone as the majority did not agree with his position. For the people to listen to him, it would require a supernatural act of God.1

37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” 1 Kings 18:37

Trying to serve more than one master only results in confusion. Serving no master at all is equally foolish and only temporal. We are not masters of our own domain. Imagine if you were God and your offspring said to you, “Dad, you are not my dad. I don’t know who my dad really is. It can be anyone, and you can’t convince me otherwise.” How would you feel? What would you do? You feed, cloth, protect, and sustain your child only to have them call someone else daddy.

Why be Godly?

Each time a generation has become godless, God has allowed that generation to experience the consequences. Selfishness breads godlessness. Sin has a ripple effect. It hurts the innocent, and the generations to come. Sin is the result when we don’t take God’s instructions seriously. As we all should know, being godly does not guarantee worldly prosperity. That is a false gospel message that sounds good, but is not true. In fact, we are instructed throughout the entire Bible that godliness means obedience through trials, not absence of trials. Alternatively, godlessness means experiencing trials for no reason, and with no hope.

Being Godly does not mean you are to be or act as a perfect human being. (Romans 3:10)

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Sovereignty of God

It is by God’s grace that our hearts are pumping warm blood this very second. It is His prerogative whether our hearts keep beating or not. Life can change in a blink of an eye, and at that moment we are faced with a crossroad. We can either get bitter or better. We can lean into God, or we can shake our fist at Him. Without the sovereignty of God and His gracious nature, our world would have destroyed itself 1,000 times already. It is not human nature and human wisdom that keeps the world turning.(Isaiah 55:8-9) It is God that sustains us. Human nature seeks power. God seeks submission in order to bring restoration.

Be Godly!

Repentance leads to restoration. Repent and ask God to intervene in your own life, and the lives of others that are still on the fence. Ask God for guidance, protection, and wisdom. Then, trust God by faith that every outcome is the right one according to His perfect will.

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Resource:

https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/1-kings-18.html