Moral Crisis - where is and in what direction Macedonia is headed - WM015
We live in the so-called modern age, the 21st century, an age of technological revolutions and advancement in all areas of human existence like never before. Generally speaking, never before in history has there been such a prominent progress in the development of humanity.
However, at the same time, never before has there existed such a sharp difference in the knowledge of good and evil.
From ancient times until today, it’s a historically confirmed fact that when the peoples would become more advanced, they would forget about God and would enter a phase of being “all-knowing”, a phase in which they made their own decisions, without having the security and wisdom God’s presence. For example, in the time when Moses led God’s people - Israel, towards the promised land, within that process having delivered them from slavery from the Egyptians, it took the people whole 40 years in stead of the 18 days it would normally take to reach the territory of the country of Israel as we know it today. These 40 years encompassed their flight from God, from His mercy, from His blessings, and from the promises land. God, through Moses, miraculously and in a very evident way delivered them from their enslavement that was going on for centuries. Instead of humbly and gratefully turning to God because of this, they decided to repay Him by disobeying Him, murmuring, expressing incessant discontent, and even entirely turning away from Him by giving into idol worshiping. They bowed down and submitted themselves to the “golden calf”, an idol made with human hands. (Exodus chapter 32)
The people had completely fallen away from God, even though they had just experienced God’s mercy upon their deliverance. They concluded that they would undoubtedly reach the Promised Land on their own, by employing their own human wisdom. This turn of development was in no way in accordance to God’s will, and this was the exact reason why the journey to the Promised Land was prolonged for so long, during which time the disbelief among the people only kept increasing. God had allowed this not only to show the inevitability and the need of belonging to Him, but also so that it would serve as a lesson and revealing of problems of future generations, and of the peoples who waver in their faith and its practicing in every area of their life.
These lessons and examinations were meant for us Macedonians as well. We too, just like the other nations, are inclined, in the human body, to run from the truth, to stay away from God and His presence. Our common practice, even looking back throughout history, is that we seek God only in times when we are facing major difficulties and problems. Only in these circumstances do we turn to God, go to church, abide in prayer, and attempt in faith and through the church to find the way out of that seemingly dead-end street. But the Lord God does not allow Himself to be treated as a “convenience store” to which we can only turn to and visit when in need. Quite the contrary, the Lord God wants and expects from us a living and constant communication through prayer and the reading of God’s word.
This is exactly why we should never allow for God and the church to become just one stop on our journey to “the promised land”, that is, to the success in our lives.
And I ask you, my dear friends, do we really need this luxury? Is it not the right moment, before anything bad had happened to us, for us to seek and have God’s presence in our hearts, families and homes by a continuous study, examination, and practicing of God’s word in justice and righteousness, through our strong and unwavering faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. 2 Timothy 3:16
It may sound very simple, but it is just like that. On the contrary, if we do not have God’s presence in our hearts and our homes, we will not be able to experience such peace and tranquility as God is offering for all of us.
And where do we stand in all of this, where does Macedonia and Macedonian people stand? Are we faithful to the Lord and are we obedient to God and His Word?
Let us all, dear friends, close our eyes and think of all the instances of mercy and all the blessings God has bestowed upon each of us, let us give thanks for these, for all the little things we consider as a mercy from God. But at the same time let us recall all the injustice that has happened to us or that we have caused in our lives, and let us call to mind all the evil we might have encouraged or in which we have participated. It is time that each and every one of us repents in the Lord and makes a brand new start in his own life. The Lord is ready and willing to accept each and every one of us under His protection, to forgive us and mercifully build our characters, through turbulence in our lives that produces patience, endurance, and finally hope in the Lord.
Yes, my friends, there is a promised land for us Macedonians as well. For us too, the Lord is preparing grounds for repentance, upon which God’s mercy and grace will be poured out over my people. We need to welcome God’s presence and His mercy upon us by practicing a continuous faith, and by developing a close and intimate relationship with God.
The period of transition in Macedonia has been going on for too long. We have become accustomed to experiencing failure in almost every area. Until when? How long will we, Macedonians, wander through the desert just like the people of Israel? How long will we live in this spiritual blindness and persistent refusal to surrender to God and accept His will for us Macedonians? And this is His will, “To give us life, and not just any life, but”... “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”. John 10:10 “to give us success and prosperity no matter where we may go and no matter what we may do, if we are close to the Lord and governed by God’s commandments and instructions” (Joshua chapter 1).
The moral crisis of today’s living is evident wherever we turn. Day in and day out we hear rumors and reports of different kinds of major and minor thefts, performed by people who are important and held in high regard in their field of work, such as doctors, professors, judges, solicitors and law practitioners, lawyers, prosecutors, politicians, businessmen and so forth. Corruption is all around us; there is evil that is eating away the fundament of our perspectives for a life governed by God. Has anything changed from those ancient times until today? “The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains. All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net. Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes...” Micah 7:2,3. No matter where we turn, among young people there is perversion and immorality; we’ve heard about them recording porn scenes in the schools, getting drunk, smoking, taking drugs, and being engaged in premarital sex; we’ve heard of lost generations of young people, of burglary, violence, and disrespect for parents and elders; of their loss of a sense of shame and fear of being judged by their surrounding or fear from legal sanctions etc. The list could go on forever. Murders, brother against brother, child against his father, father against his daughter. And this is what the situation looked like a very long time ago, approximately 740-700 years before Christ, “...a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law- a man's enemies are the members of his own household.” Micah 7:6 Marriages between people from the same sex, endless perversion, abortions becoming a daily practice, quarrels, divorce, dissention, anxiety, sickness, fear, unrest, loss of perspective, poverty, no way out in any respect. Is all of this according to God’s will?
No, dearly beloved, if you should open the Bible and ponder its unique and matchless treasury of endless wisdom and meaning, you will come to the conclusion that this decadence is not in accordance to the will of God. The moral breakdown of Macedonian society is not the Lord’s plan for us.
Therefore, my friends, there is no one else that can help us stop the descent of these and future generations, but the Lord our God. It’s time for all of us to ask ourselves if we want the perdition of our own children, as our destiny.
It is time for us to “put our noses to the grindstone” and with repentant hearts turn to the Lord and ask Him, “God, come and help us in Macedonia. Give us wisdom and knowledge to put aside our eyes’ blindness and see You Lord. To know You as our Lord and Savior and to begin to obey You, for our own sake, so that we might not wander for another 40 years in the desert of our lives.”
There is but one way, truth, and life; and that is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us repent through Him, let us accept salvation through His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, as a caution that God came in flesh, not so that He might feel better, but so that we might be better, so that we see and believe that “all things were made by Him and through Him”. There is no success and prosperity without God in our lives. There is only darkness, a never-ending tunnel, a lifeless desert, decay, and lost generations. Nothing but evil. And this is not where we want to go. I am convinced that no sensible man would object to and keep running away from God’s promises for us Macedonians, as well as for every nation that intends to repent and turn back to God, just like Israel did. (Nehemiah chapter 9)
The honest prayer of my heart is that all of us would understand the message of the prophet Micah and practice it throughout our lives “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”. Micah 6:8
And the Lord says, “...I gave ... this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you”. Jeremiah 7:23
Then, my friends, the Lord will be among us, and then His wisdom and knowledge through the Bible will lead us on the true path towards success and well-being.
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11