“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand (Psalm 16:11).”
I saw one of my colleagues reading the country’s largest newspaper the other day and asked,”What’s in the news?”. She went on to tell me about some hanky panky involving a company and some politicians involving campaign donations.
This prompted a brief discussion about corruption in the world. I pontificated about how I believe every institution is tainted by corruption to one degree or another.
It came to me to also rhetorically ask,”The question is, ‘What do you do about it’ ? Do you just lay down and take it or do you stand up against it?”
The apostle Peter had an answer to this question, and it did not involve either of these choices. He had just finished explaining to a crowd that the Jesus who they had crucified had been resurrected and was their Messiah and Lord.
The people were convicted to the core and asked Peter, “What shall we do?” Peter instructed them to turn from their sins, receive the forgiveness offered by Jesus and , furthermore, begged them to “save yourselves from this corrupt generation (Acts 2:40). ”
Many of them did so. They focused on the teaching of the apostles and their fellowship with other believers. They shared their lives with each other, spiritually and materially (Acts 2:42-47).
I imagine there are fellowships like that today in our own corrupt generation. If they exist, in my experience they are rare, at least in Western society.
Too many Christians today love the world over God (I John 2:15,16). Irwin Lutzer says that a person has to have a passion for God, otherwise they will not leave their sin. They have to really want to know God to be pure (Matthew 5:8).
When I was attending university, a more mature Christian told me that only knowing God would satisfy me. I have seen that over and over in my life, and I am grateful for his charge.
Once we really understand only God can fill our deepest needs, it is a matter of dependng on His power to live in this corrupt world and not succumb to it. We have to choose life over death.
We don’t let corruption roll over us, nor do we confront it. We escape it by making God our heart’s desire, living godly lives, and thus showing the world the right path (II Peter 1:2-4).