Make no mistake, what is happening in Hollywood, the Media and Washington D.C. is the judgment of Jesus Christ. We foolishly believe we can ignore his will, legislate him out of public life, ridicule his name on radio and T.V. and even reinterpret him theologically without consequences and judgment.
Just today Matt Lauer was fired today from NBC based on sexual allegations. NPR star Garrison Keillor was also fired today after similar accusations. The issue is not that these horrible things happen in a sinful world, the issue is that the revelations and humiliation of these men is happening in such quick succession. This is not the end of this judgment but merely the beginning.
‘In Daniel 2:21 we read, “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” We further read in Proverbs 16:5 “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” Too many of us have foolishly believed that we can ignore the truth, mock Jesus, and behave in horrible ways without accountability.
Throughout my ministry I have interacted a great deal with the charismatic movement. While I have deep respect for this movement I also saw some major flaws. In forty years of going to conferences, church services, special events where Christians were encouraged to bring current words from the Lord and Pastor’s preached the will of God I cannot remember one time that any word or message began with the word: REPENT! However when you study closely the Old Testament prophets right up through John the Baptist in the New Testament you will discover their consistent message-repent and return to the Lord you God!
This is not only true for our national leaders and media personalities but for us as well. How long do we believe we can claim the grace of Jesus but behave as though he has no power or claim over our lives? While the Lord is slow to anger we must never forget he will become angry and punish if we persist in our sin and ignore his offer of forgiveness.
This is why the Bible insists that today is the day of salvation.
One of the most powerful stories that illustrate this truth comes from Luke chapter 12.
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
To be “rich toward God” is to live in genuine daily repentance, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior, and treat others with the love and grace of Jesus. No one knows how many days we have left in this life. Nor do we perceive when the patience of the Lord is going t run out and his judgment unleashed. This is why today is the day to repent, bow to Jesus and live for him.