Summary: Sin has crept its way into our society and it is driving God out and replacing God with evil ways. But Jude tells us to contend for the faith because sin always costs people their lives.
Sin, That’s The Way It Goes!- Jude part 1
Thesis: Sin has crept its way into our society and it is driving God out and replacing God with evil ways. But Jude tells us to contend for the faith because sin always costs people their lives.
Opening thought of were this sermon idea originated:
I was sitting in a local coffee shop reading my daily devotional when I over heard three older ladies discussing their children. The one lady was upset that her granddaughter was moving in with another young man and not even contemplating marriage. The other lady said she was experiencing the same disgust with her grand children as well. The one said what ever happened to morals? The one older lady who had been quiet for a while listening to her friends spoke up, “Ladies don’t you understand that’s the way it goes today!” She added, “Everyone does it that way today. Remember we live in a different time and that’s just how it is, so we just have to accept it!” The ladies got up shaking their heads and agreeing with their friends thoughts on the subject of immorality.
As they departed I sat their thinking to myself, “How fooled many are becoming today to sin.” In essence they said, “Sin, what’s the big deal! Everyone is doing it that way today so just accept it!” Well my heart and mind turned to Jude 3, 4 and it was like the text rose off the page and said, “Read this, ‘3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”
After reading this text many times I took a look around me and had to say that I saw many people saying “Sin, what’s the big deal? That’s the way it is today!” I guess I expected this from the people who did not claim to be Christians, but I discovered many who were saying this and also saying “I am a Christian!” I was also disturbed by how many Christians did not even care that sin was being accepted as that’s the way it is in our society. Sin did not scare them or disappoint them. They even seemed ambivalent toward it. When I asked some people what they were going to do about this attitude toward sin most of them suggested it was not their problem. My mind has since recalled a clip from Phantom Menace that addressed this similar attitude.
Opening Video Illustration: Star Wars: Episode 1- Phantom Menace 14 min. 45 sec.
Overview from Belknap: Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan ask the Gungan ruler Boss Nass to help them warn the Naboo of impending danger. Boss Nass responds that they don’t care about the naughty Naboo since the Gungans are safe in their under water world. Obi-Wan cautions that whatever happens to one affects the other, but Nass will not listen (26).
Thought: Truth is many of us have put our heads in the sand over the state of morality and lack of godliness in our country. I observed some of the recent events just the last week and I fear for our country. We have city mayors breaking the law and granting same sex marriages. In San Francisco the mayor broke a State law by granting the same-sex marriages licenses even after they had passes a State law that said marriage was between a male and a female. He was told to stop by the State and he thumbed his nose at the state. Then when people showed up to protest his same-sex marriages they arrested the protestors and said they were breaking the law. What a mockery!
I picked up the San Francisco Examiner from the internet to see it promoting the Gay Marriages with a photo Album. I then observed a shot at Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of The Christ when one columnist stated, “They weren’t exactly playing dice at the foot of the cross. But here in the media epicenter of the Jesus question over the "greatest movie controversy ever manipulated.”. I see that some of them did not like the movie. They also wrote articles that talked about how their city had started a momentum swing across the country for Gay Marriages in spite of the State laws. Definitely immorality is rolling across our country in record proportions not just in Gay unions but in the attitude toward biblical marriage.