It is becoming more and more difficult to think as the lost think, to comprehend their actions as anything more than foolish. It is not that I cannot discern their thoughts and actions, even the reasons behind them, their motivations because of the grace and mercy of God, much of what they do is quite clear to me in many instances, but for me to interpret what they perceive as important would be to me as foolishness. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
There is another verse that I would ask you to contemplate along with this truth in Romans 12:2, “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.” (Prov. 29:27) We see them as not only lost souls, but to put it bluntly, as dumb as rocks, brute beasts, fools who even if “thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.” (Prov. 27:22) That is what the truth will do to a man, that is what happens when your mind begins to become transformed, when you submit to the will and leading of the Lord, when you begin to become Christlike.
There is no hate or malice in these words, they are not meant to degrade those individuals who are not only lost, but actually hate the name of Christ, when and if they even think of Him, these words and statements hold no emotional context within themselves, they are simple truths. The vain imaginations of the lost (Romans 1:21) are the driving force behind their existence, their number one priority is themselves, and that is why it becomes more difficult for the born-again believer to understand fully why these individuals do what they do, because we are being transformed.
I would ask you to consider two different places in the Scriptures where this topic could, initially at least be debated. One is the account of Lot and the other is of a man we know only as “a certain Levite,” the custom of being neighborly is nothing new. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Prov. 18:24)
Common sense actually, but these two individuals took it further than most would. It makes one wonder, when does tradition, when does cordiality, when does the possibility of losing “honor” in the face of a complete stranger cause one to basically kill one’s own concubine, or at least offer them for a sacrifice for ones own personal stance in the eyes of others. Does not exactly sound like the caring man, one whose greatest joy, or at least just behind his concubine, those he has loved and cherished, nurtured and cared for.
Not only did those men place the ones they professed to love into the hands of vile men, as in the case of the levite, but then he blamed them for what they did to her. I may be way off here, but if that man would have stood his ground, things would have been different.
Such is the inability of those who have been crucified with Christ to think as the heathen think, or even some of those who do indeed follow the Most High. Traditions, because loss of honor in the eyes of a complete stranger, those and many more can be debated, but come to the same conclusion, self and pride. Men who would offer their children to strangers to be abused and killed, so they themselves would not be seen as “unfriendly,” those who sacrificed their children on the altars of Dagon and Molech, (Lev. 18:21, Judges 16:23) so they could gain favors, Muslims who kill those they profess to love, because they have brought “shame” to the faith they hold onto, those who have abortions, so they are not “inconvenienced” at this time in their lives, those who allow their children to have hormone therapy, so they are not seen as “bad” parents.
Are you starting to see it, can you now understand not only the depth of selfish ambition, drive and motives, but can you now contemplate why it is becoming more and more difficult to see the lost as anything more than “brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed.” (2 Peter 2:12)
They are our enemies, because they do not serve the Lord of Glory, “For he that is not against us is on our part.” (Mark 9:40) They are self-centered, foolish people, lost in their sins, and we are not to be anything like them, we are not even supposed to think like them anymore, we are to love them, and the only love we have to offer them is the love of Christ. To offer them His love is to show them the error of their ways. Our task is not easy, serving Christ is not supposed to be easy, it is supposed to cost you everything.