A Fiction of My Imagination

Don’t Worry, It’ll be OK, Everybody is Doing It

God is calling all of us to relationship with Him by the Spirit, through the Son. It is and was and will always be His desire for you — deep, intimate, joyously blissful fulness of life and an everlasting love found only in Him. Won’t you come to Him? Won’t you forsake this world system which stands opposed to Him and the advancement of His Kingdom? Won’t you deny your Self so that you might embrace Him? The message has always been the same, “Come to Me”.

It amazes me how thoroughly indifferent so many are to His pleas. Not the God loves us part, but the part about separating from this world system and denying yourself. There is a “Oh you poor soul, you’re one of them” look of condolence in their eyes when you share anything that suggests a need to change what they are doing and seeking. By “one of them” they mean one of those who “still believe in that old religion and Book” and is bound to some standard outside your Self.

They so often communicate, either verbally or by actions, the same set of beliefs – the new religion of the times. “We have gotten beyond all that hell-fire damnation stuff. That is old-school-God. We have designed a much more contemporary, softer God to our own liking. He is a package deal when you join and become a member of the “church” of our religion, “our God” would never do those things to us, we are good members in standing with the church and have kept our get-out-of-hell-free card current.” At which point they tell you about their good works and display their robes of self-righteousness.

The Pharisees used that line of reasoning on Jesus and it didn’t get them anywhere. “They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.” John 8:39. In fact, He went on to reveal to them who their father really was.

“But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:40-44.

These persons when you try to talk to them about Truth are not interested, they have a god that they are content with. And why not?, it meets all their needs for what a person could want in a god. Their god is “loving” and would never make them feel bad about their behavior and self-seeking endeavors. Every form of self-depreciation is rejected under the grace of god. All acts of righteousness and self-sacrifice are forbidden under the umbrella of “works”. All the things of the world are here to enrich their life for the taking (and by any means mind you). Their god promises peace, love and happiness today. Everything is accomplished so neatly under the banner of tolerance and Self-service. And the motto of that tolerance is that you cannot tell anybody that they are wrong or their beliefs are wrong or you can go to hell. Pretty tidy isn’t it? You make up a god that serves you and your needs and defend it with accusations of others being unloving when they confront you with Truth.

And the granddaddy of all endorsements is, “Don’t worry, it’ll be OK, everybody’s doing it”. There is such a large consensus among peoples that this is the way to go that the community can now be presented as “everybody”. This self-proclaimed body of belief now determines truth for the masses. There is some strange phenomenon that comes to life in group dynamics. There is a sense of anonymity, that I am not an individual but a group. You can’t judge me without judging all of us. Safety in numbers I suppose is the theory.

When the street lights go out and “everybody” reverts to animal pack mentality and go and rob and loot stores, pilfering and taking what is not theirs, the great justification is that “everybody” was doing it. It wasn’t me. I just got caught up with everybody else.

Lets fast forward and follow that group. Here they are at the Great White Throne Judgement, and “everybody” is there. There is the smell of brimstone and death in the air everywhere. Cries of anguish and shrieks of lament and dolorous distresses fill the atmosphere. It is like standing outside the scariest haunted house you could imagine.

You panic and fret and weep and gnash your teeth and you haven’t even gone in to see what lies beyond that Throne. Your heart is beating as you cling to “everybody” else who is there. As you approach the line you have one fleeting thought of salvation. “My card, my church card, I’ll show Him that!” You frantically search your pockets and then remember where you put it. You go to get it but realize it has vaporized in the atmosphere of holiness surrounding His throne. It could not save you.

You are next in line. You approach God, Who seems indifferent now. He is neither looking at you lovingly nor hatefully, just justly. He is like a Great Judge who must execute the Law without partiality. You are alone now, everybody else is not there with you.

He brings the sentence. “Go to Hell.” and you are dumbfounded with disbelief. “What no jury, no trial?” He says, “Depart from me I never knew you.” “But I had a get-out-of-hell-free card. But I was so convinced I was dong the right thing. I did what “everybody” said was right.

He winks and says, “Don’t worry. It’ll be OK, ‘everybody’ is doing it.”

Proverbs 16:25: There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Matthew 7:13: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.

Proverbs 29:1: He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.