Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. But avoid irreverent, empty speech, for this will produce an even greater measure of godlessness.2 Timothy 2:15,16 HCSB
When we know we are doing all things according to God’s approval, not the approval of man, we can maintain our focus and never waiver in our faith. However, attempting to obtain the approval of men and women is a never-ending endeavor that will never compete with the approval of God.
Needing the approval of people means we are constantly changing–who we are, what we do, and how we do things. And every time we meet someone new that we think we need to impress, the vicious cycle begins again–changing to accommodate people.
In our society, we see the end results of trying to obtain the approval people. We are thrown into courtrooms with lawsuits that are ridiculous–man’s need to force others to accept their changing, fickle feelings about who they are and which bathroom they use.
The enemy’s hold on the minds of people is surreal–and for those who know Christ, we know who’s behind every whim of others trying to be someone else. In the beginning, God! That settles it. God made man biologically fit to be compatible with woman and any time, man has attempted to change God’s purpose for mankind it was because of the enemy’s hatred for everything God created.
And the saddest part is that children are bewitched by the media, movies, television, and music applauding changing genders in midstream, never to know God’s best in their lives. My heart is heavy and saddened every time I see young girls holding onto each other as a couple instead of just friends. I pray that deliverance will soon come, but unfortunately when sin is running rampant within and without the school systems, my prayers may be in vain.
Celebrating sin–no matter who’s involved–opens the door for all types of demonic spirits to take control of feeble, weak minds and convince them of things that are not true. This is what happens when we coin terms like “political correctness” and ignore “Godly righteousness.” This need to obtain the approval of the masses rather than God–leads to destruction rather than victory and no court in the land will be able to stem the flow of God’s wrath.
Since my desire is to please God and gain His approval, I will continue to say what God says and attempt to convince others of His love by loving them unconditionally, but teaching them the Truth of God’s Word. If people choose not to receive truth, then their destruction is on them, but if I or others who know truth, refuse to teach truth, then the destruction of others is laid at our feet.
When we belong to Christ, we have His approval and have nothing to prove to men or women who are mere mortals as we are. God first–and all else will fall into place.