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November 8, 2012

Making light of it

PRYOR — Jesus told a parable about a king who made a marriage feast for his son (Mat. 22:1–14). When his servants announced to those invited that the feast was ready, “they made light of it” and killed the servants (vv. 5–6).

Not many messengers of the Gospel are killed nowadays (as were the prophets and apostles), but multitudes nonetheless “make light of” matters that are of great consequence, for example:

God—Men flippantly refer to Him as “the man upstairs” and use His name to curse, swear, and exclaim.

They deny His existence and His creative work, attributing the vast universe to mere accident. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psa. 14:1). God will not forever tolerate such irreverence.

Sin—Those who make light of God can be expected to make light of sin, the violation of His will (1 John 3:4). Entertainment idols and their idolaters make sin the subject of coarse jokes and base hilarity. Some do so by excusing it (e.g., “little white lies,” “just one drink,” et al.); others condone and/or fail to speak out against it. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).

The Bible—Millions consider the Bible to be a mere human product, based on myths and legends, and a historical curiosity piece. Many who say it is inspired of God grossly twist, pervert, and misapply it to promote their doctrine or practice. Others despise it by viewing it as only a “love letter from God,” rather than His law by which we must live. Theologians, drunk on Bible-denying modernism, have for a century been producing clones who have spread their unbelief from tens of thousands of pulpits. Jesus did not make light of God’s Word, but declared it to be “the truth,” which alone will make one free (John 17:17; 8:31–32).

The Judgment—Atheists, Humanists, and other assorted materialists deny the immortal spirit/soul of mankind, and so deny any Divine accountability for their behavior. Many who claim to believe in God and His Son dismiss The Day of Judgment by living as though it will not occur. However, as surely as Jesus was raised from the dead, He will judge all mankind at the end (Acts 17:31).

The invitation of Jesus—The masses take it lightly (even as the invitees in Jesus’ parable scorned their invitations), but it remains before all men as long as they live. Jesus beckons:

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mat. 11:28). No such invitation will be extended when He comes in Judgment (John 12:47–48).

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