And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.1 Kings 18:21
Today, many call themselves Christian, but they typically find themselves of various “opinions”. Some believe in Jesus Christ, but then they quickly accept homosexuality into their belief system. Others believe in the Bible, but then they worship God contrary to how the Bible explains.
I am talking about the various church traditions that exist. You know, the ones we have come to commonly accept without realizing those traditions are not found in the Bible, (Matthew 15:9). Take a close look in the mirror, ask yourself,
Why do you believe what you believe?…
As I thought about these things, I was reminded of Elijah the prophet. When we look back at his time period, we often think to ourselves,
“Those people were stupid to believe in idols and whatnot”.
Yet, are we really that different today?
Not really, there are still varying opinions that form new beliefs all the time.
Today, just like in Elijah’s time, people make excuses for their beliefs as it makes it easier to live in the world. It makes some feel like they can have God and the world at the same time, (Matthew 6:24). Standing against the world these days means you are divided against the world, all of it, not a part of it, (John 17:16).
Yet, if our beliefs run contrary to God’s. There is no excuse-making, we are only fooling ourselves.
I have another thought here.
Conned Into Believing A Lie
Continuing to look back on history, we commonly paint the opponents of Elijah and other righteous men as truly evil and wicked. No doubt, many of them were. Yet, many of the people were conned into worshipping Baal or the latest false god.
Remember those opinions and excuses we talked about?
Leaving God’s side and serving Baal became socially acceptable for the general population. Excuses were made which formed various opinions and the next thing you know, everyone was serving Baal. It just became common practice, and no one thought much else until Elijah put his foot down, (see: The Temple Of Baal Comes To The United States).
Essentially, the people became brainwashed to accept these new Baal prophets, and even their new Baal god. All from various opinions that formed new ideals and belief systems.
This was made possible because good men did nothing. Men of God stood down or became brainwashed themselves and there became only one voice in the world, the voice of Satan that whispered into the peoples ears.
That is why each of us must always remain accountable for ourselves. We must always remember there are differing opinions, but for any particular opinion to be fact, it must align with God’s Word.
Think about that, and remember that as the constant stream of news and lies continue to unfold each and every day.
How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.