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When History and Eternity Collide
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” −Proverbs 14:12
History has declared the accuracy of the words written in Proverbs 14:12. Unfortunately, we don’t pay attention, and again we find ourselves in a culture paving its own way with no awareness of where it is heading. I am daily in awe of the perilous decisions made by our culture to promote things in blatant opposition to the Word of God.
Nevertheless, I shouldn't be too surprised. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
And in Romans 1:19-23, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”
Sinful man will pursue sinful things and promote them as the moral standard. When someone stands against the new moral code they are labeled all sorts of interesting things; a bigot, hateful, old-fashioned, close-minded, and the list goes on. Still, one statement that is constantly thrown around, and has been brought to my attention even today has caused me considerable thought.
People claim that based on the decisions we make, and the positions we hold to we will either be on “the right side of history, or the wrong side of history.” After much consideration, are questions that continue to stir my thoughts.
What happens when history and eternity collide? What happens when history and eternity stand at odds?
Perhaps being on the right side of history will be the very indictment needed to condemn us in eternity. Peter records a life altering call to all believers in 1 Peter 1:14-16, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”
The call placed on the life of every believer is not to be on the right side of history. The call is to be holy, and in turn, to stand on the right side of eternity. So the question is not whether or not I will be on the right side of history. The question we must ask ourselves is, will I be on the right side of eternity?
Therefore, I will pursue holiness at all costs! If along the way the world decides to label me hateful, a bigot, intolerant, old-fashioned, close-minded, or one standing on the wrong side of history, I will be willing to shoulder those words in order to stand on the right side of eternity. It is a small burden to carry in light of the burden Jesus carried for me. All of those labels pale in comparison to the words I long to here, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
I call you to pursue holiness at all costs; for without it we will not see the Lord.
“I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. [Here I stand], I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.” −Martin Luther