I find within my members a temptation to live outside the will of God and yet I also understand his way is better. I have come across the news of the Miss USA winner Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island and find her answering a transgender question to allow them to compete with originally born women, because we live in a free country and she is praised. Having learned from Carrie Prejean and her stand she knew within herself that answering this question any other way would have cost her the crown. I could use many other examples like the decay happening in the military. Talk to any officer in the military and the respect once given by the enlisted core and young airmen is less and less each year. On a positive note interracial relationships appear to be increasing and race relations a tad better, although I am sure some would argue nothing has changed. Be that as it may, my real reason for this blog post is to reveal the price of living holy. One obvious reason living holy is so difficult is because so many choose not to. They even curse and judge those who attempt to. There is the personal lust that war within each individual that drives them to particular sins. Jesus said, you must pick up your cross and follow him. This cross crucifies the flesh and does not always feel good. The fruit produced however is enjoyable to all: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, and gentleness to name a few. The price of living holy is high because its value is also high.
The holder of advanced degrees will tell you that it cost them something to achieve those degrees. Many will never attain to the level of doctorate and yet with such an earthly prize we praise those who do. The cost is high. The money spent and the numerous hours of study are deposits for such a degree. Holiness also requires money and numerous hours of study.
Holiness demands that we give cheerfully. Holiness demands that we love God first and foremost and love our neighbor and enemies as well. Holiness demands that we seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness. Holiness demands that husbands love their wives and train their children. Holiness demands we hold Pastors and leaders of the church accountable for sin. Holiness demands that we forsake those who walk in ungodliness and not entertain guest who will cause you harm to your walk with Christ. Holiness demands that children obey parents and that parents respect the fact that your children are first God’s property and need to be treated as such. Holiness demands many things, but holiness brings so much satisfaction.
Holiness eliminates prostitution. Holiness eliminates rape, murders, adultery, homosexuality, and fornication. It does not take a rocket scientist or religion to see these things are hurtful and not one thing positive may be said. Holiness removes sexually transmitted diseases. Holiness brings the blessings of God and he adds no sorrow. Holiness keeps marriages together and children safe. Holiness eliminates the need for neighborhood watch. Holiness removes the requirement to lock up my car and bike. Holiness makes us so much freer. Holiness means I can walk down any street in America and not fear for my life. Holiness means that when someone approaches you of the opposite sex and color you’re not tempted to clench your purse or run. Holiness is truly awesome.
Why then are people against holiness? Is America free? Is other nations of the world free? Is freedom possible without boundaries? Please comment!