Looking back at Rugged Maniac, one of the things that made me go through the mud and rush into the gutters was because I saw people around me doing it; I could see the excitement and pleasure on their faces as they jumped and crawled through the mud, and I started thinking “it cannot be that bad and I don’t want to be the odd one out”.
Jesus spoke about the signs that will usher in the end of time and one of the signs is that many will indulge in sin (wax cold), because sin will become a norm in those days (“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold” Matthew 24:12). Just like I felt compelled to participate in the mud activity because everyone around me was doing it, so also, many are beginning to lower their standards because even those they trust and look up to (public figures, Hollywood stars, leaders, parents and even so called religious giants) are indulging in the sinful acts and the world seems to say nothing bad about it.
Multiplication of sin and the lax on sin, has made many to rethink their faith; they now say if this and that person could do these things, then I too can do them, but one clear thing we need to understand is that just because everyone/majority is doing it does not makes it right, but this should rather make us more alert. (“While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly” 1st Thessalonians 5:3)
Let us be vigilant, because there is no other dangerous time than we are right now; a time where the inconvenient is forcefully made convenient, a time where sinning is what is normal, a time where righteousness is now deemed old school, a time where acting bad is cool (“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” Isaiah 5:20), and many are unfortunately falling for this.
Let us be like Noah, who remained righteous when others were walking away from God, and be like Lot who was grieved daily by the sins of the land, rather than join in (“But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him” 2nd Peter 2:7)
Beaming Prayer point:
Father, may I not be overtaken by the multiplications of sins of this time in Jesus name