“A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21: 2,3 NIV
In this world–societies of men determine what is right and what is wrong–sometimes these determinations are made with the guidance of God’s Word and sometimes, men fall prey to the dictates of other men and decide that was wrong is now right and what was right is now wrong.
The real challenge is knowing–whose “right” is right! Can what man says ever be right over what God says? Not for those who believe God’s Word. For us, His Word settles all questions that may arise about right and wrong, good and evil, and judgment for saints and sinners alike.
Looking back in history, we know that man has constantly abused other people by putting them into bondage and making them build civilizations with blood and sweat and sometimes their lives. Though some think that slavery began with people being exported from Africa to other nations, slavery began in the history of man, when one group discovered they could manipulate others. Though usually as a matter of who won a battle in war, some people were enslaved out of manipulation and deceit (African transports). What has always been amazing to me is the fact that a minority group of people can terrorize the majority into doing their bidding. We see this dilemma played out again and again in history and what happens eventually is rebellion of the masses, leading to bloodshed and more change.
This appears to be the cycle of mankind whenever we attempt to change or deviate from God’s Word. Deliberate misinterpretation of God’s Word leads people to believe they are the superior race over others and they have a right to mistreat others. Foolishly have some believed that the Ham’s curse was that his descendants were black people. A closer study of man’s beginnings would bring understanding of the fact that the first man–Adam–was a person of color since all life began on the continent of Africa. Migration–moving away from hot climates into colder ones, led to the change in skin color–not superiority of one race over another. Who decided man’s skin color from the beginning? God–when He created man from the dust of the earth. Who decided the nature of man from the beginning? God–when He created them male and female.
What changed things? Superiority and avarice changed things for mankind from one continent to another and has not changed since the beginning with the first act of disobedience. When man thought he knew better than God, change in the atmosphere led to manipulation and deceit which is why we are where we are today. Manipulation of a minority of people who have changed the atmosphere of doing right in God’s sight into doing whatever they want to do–has led to controversy, hatred and turmoil. Persecution of Christians is on the rise because a minority feel their rights override the rights of Christians. Believers are being sued because they stand on their faith in God. Hatred is running rampant and the minority is leading the pack–claiming their “right” supersedes God’s right.
In the final analysis–all who have eyes and ears will see and hear that God’s right is always right and His wrong is always wrong. But since Satan has blinded those who believe they can call God’s wrong, right, they will reap the benefit of not heeding God’s Word and be cut off and remembered no more; their deliverance from their enslavement–created by the minority–will end with the deaths of the minority since their seed ends with them.
We must–in order to sustain our civilization of mankind--understand that only God is right and what we do in His sight, will ever be accounted right.