Today you should read: Ezekiel 14
Are you socially righteous? I don’t mean righteous in your social interactions but find your righteousness by your social definition. The sociologists call this herd mentality. We see this happen a lot in church culture. We may claim to be a Christian because our family goes to church or trust that we will go to heaven because we are actively involved in a campus ministry. My mother is a Christian and she took me to church as a child and if you had asked me in college if I was a Christian I would have said of course because my mom goes to church and I am a pretty good guy. I was righteous by association, or so I thought.
In our passage today God is calling out the nation of Israel for their worship of idols and how they had turned their back on Him. God was calling down judgment for their transgressions. I thought it was interesting how God used the examples of Noah, Daniel and Job. They were the antithesis of the Elders in Israel at the time. They were not perfect men but faithful men and they were considered righteous because of their faith. God uses their example to communicate one key principal, “Righteousness is an individual faith not a communal identity.” In other words, we cannot hide behind the faith or works of others to cover our own sin. Not even the children of Noah, Daniel and Job would be spared from the wrath of God if they were guilty of idolatry (v.12-20).
So my question today is simple.
What are you trusting in to save you from the wrath of God?
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36)
Posted by: Chad Wiles