Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others. – Ecclesiastes 7:19-22 ESV
The book of Ecclesiastes was written by the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon. The book provides a stark example of how relevant the Old Testament can be in today’s world. The title of the book comes from the Greek word for “preacher” or “teacher.” King Solomon goes through a list of things he pursued, seeking fulfillment: Career, Sex, Materialism, Fame, Popularity, Alcohol, Pleasure of every type, even Wisdom. The work emphatically proclaims all the actions of man to be inherently “vain”, “futile”, “empty”, or “meaningless,” depending on translation, as the lives of both wise and foolish men end in death, and then judgment! “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” – there is no luck, there is no favoritism, there is no ‘taking it with you’.
Leader, we have a world filled with JUDGES. We are all PRE-JUDGERS, we enter into relationships and situations with our Beliefs, with our own PAST and with our own semblance of RIGHT and WRONG- our PREJUDICES. However, God, DOES NOT! The Bible says, “God is NOT a respecter of persons”. See Acts 10:34. The Greek word that is translated as “respecter” is ‘prosopolemptes’, it means “to show favoritism.” In other words, God is impartial- except in regard to HIS SON, and those that Love Jesus, those that LISTEN to Jesus and those WHO LIVE FOR JESUS. The only favorability God, the Father shows is to His Creatures who have the mindset that says, and the heart that believes, and the hands and feet that LIVE: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) It does not matter how famous, how rich, how much money you gave, how many followers you have on SOCIAL MEDIA, or how politically connected a person is. If they DO NOT believe in Christ, and follow Him, they are going to Hell. Those who are Christians, accept Jesus Christ and keep HIS WORD- they will go to heaven.
Conduit, this is why Jesus said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1) It can be called a Proverb; If you judge or condemn someone else, you stand to be judged or condemned according to the same standard. God says similar things in many places in the Bible, see Luke 6:38. Jesus says; “The same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”. THIS IS TRUE IN EVERY AREA OF LIFE. IT’S A PRINCIPLE THAT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY GOD. Whatever measure you use to give is the same measure that will be used in giving back to you”. Jesus called this the GOLDEN RULE; do unto others as you would have them do unto you. What is missing in the world today, is people who are willing to turn the other cheek, to let go of our RECORD OF WRONGS, to release our POUND OF FLESH. The solutions to some of the problems in America today is on us, the church. We are to be different from the world in our sins of COMMISSION and our sins of OMISSION. Empathy, Understanding, Mercy and Grace; that is what a CHILD OF GOD does to others- just like we would want for ourselves when we stand before God. We are ALL SINNERS and ALL FALL SHORT of the Glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Instead of marching in the streets for Social Justice, we should be marching for reconciliation, Forgiveness, Mercy and Grace-because we all need it! The Time is NOW to get our eyes off the world, and it’s causes. and get them on Jesus and His CLOSING ACT. Let us seek forgiveness from God for being like the world, and let us show MERCY, GRACE, FORGIVENESS like our JESUS and share HIS GOOD NEWS!