Knowing You Know

You’ve seen the videos of someone getting on an elevator, not realizing everyone else on it are about to play a practical joke on him?  As the doors close and they start up, everyone in on the prank casually turns around to face the back of the elevator.  The look on the face of the new guy goes from startled, to confusion and stress before he turns around, too.  He knows the door is at the front, knows that nothing good will come of turning to the back, and yet he thinks, “can all these other people be wrong?”

That’s what happens in a culture when moral standards slide.  It soon begins to feel as though you are the only one who knows which way is right.  It is helpful to remember that “what is right,” as defined by God, is a collection of manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you don’t mistreat and break the product.  Ignore those to your own sorrow.  Even if everybody else is doing so.

7 “Hear me, you who know what is right,
you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
or be terrified by their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
my salvation through all generations.” Isaiah 51:7-8

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