Having seen a note again on It Gets Better, I can’t help but further lament the current condition today’s society. The false hope that well intentioned people are giving astounds me. Surely bullying, threatening, name calling, beating, persecution, and physical and emotional abuse of another, regardless of sex, ‘orientation’ or religion, all fall under God’s just judgment, as does all sinful behavior.
What we fail to realize, however, is that it is just as sinful to tolerate, advocate, and support that which is contrary to God’s Word and will. Yes, we certainly do want to help and serve others as neighbors to all in need, even the lowliest of the low, the social outcasts, and the sinners all (1 John 4:11-12, Note: John is talking about the love of God through Jesus, not unconditional tolerance and acceptance of that which God calls sin). Yet love of neighbor does not mean supporting the sinful behavior. Love of neighbor does not condone the infliction of any kind of pain or duress on any other. Nor does love of neighbor advocate speaking untruths to secure sinners in their sin.
The latter is exactly what the advance of It Gets Better does. It, and the participants, advocate and encourage sin. In addition, they contribute to the false notion that sin does not have consequences. Sin does (Romans 6:23). It leads to death-eternal death. There is only One who gives true and everlasting hope, now and through eternity—Jesus Christ!
The It Gets Better campaign tries to encourage those who are suffering (as a result of others and their own decisions and behavior) that things will “get better.” But this is a false hope. For the sinner who remains in their sin, the end will not be pretty. Though life in this world may improve a little as a result of advocacy, the acceptance of sin, the cessation of struggle, in the end, it will not. This is because the world can only offer limited hope and limited help. Only Jesus gives hope and help which is unlimited and never ending (2 Corinthians 4:18).
God does not promise that things will “get better.” In fact, just the opposite does He say will be, as exampled also by this campaign, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron…” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
This is precisely what we see happening with It Gets Better and campaigns like it. Encouraging sin does not and will not make things better. Nor can we sinners end all problems of society, no matter how hard we try. God does command that we love our neighbor and defend him and all in need (also the unborn, the aged, and all who suffer), but we do not do this to improve society, but to care for one another, and because they have need. Man can help us only a little, and only temporarily. Only God can give the help, now and eternally, that all sinners need—through Jesus Christ.
Rather than giving a false hope of fleeting improvement which is full of lies and hypocrisy, speak the truth, in love, (according to God’s Word) that one not only be confident of God’s grace in this life, but into eternity.
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