If my people, which are called by my name, shall . . . turn from their wicked ways . . . .
2 Chronicles 7:14
This is one of four things that God indicated the children of Israel would have to do should they find themselves in a backslidden condition and consequently forfeiting the promises of God.
The other three are: humble themselves, pray, and seek my face. Turning from their wicked ways is last not because it is least important but because it is impossible without the prerequisites of humility, prayer, and seeking his face. We are a long way from turning and thus we turn to redefining.
Wickedness tends to get redefined in every generation. Churches over the last few decades have been far too willing to strike a deal with the world. We don't want to offend, or be a bigot, or seem radical, or be uncharitable, or be guilty of legalism or isolate ourselves, oooorrrr be a disciple of Jesus Christ! We too often would rather have the world happy with us than Jesus!
If we simply redefine wickedness we discover we never have anything from which to turn! How handy! All those wicked people out there need to stop their sinning, but we are not wicked. Women and young ladies paint themselves up like Jezebel but we are not wicked. We dress like the cocktail crowd and go to the dance but we are not wicked. We go to movies and support the Hollywood crowd but we are not wicked. We watch movies and programs on TV that would embarrass our grandparents but we are not wicked. Women dress like men and men act like women but we are not wicked. We spend hours a week doing what we want but have no time to pray and seek his face but we are not wicked. We take our clothes off and go the beach or swimming pool but we are not wicked. We add Christian to our music labels and call it good but we are not wicked.
Isaiah 5:20 says woe unto them that call evil good. We never do that?!
If we really want the country to turn then we must turn. We are waiting on the politics to turn. We are waiting on the economy to turn. We are waiting on the morality to turn. We are waiting on the courts to turn. We are waiting on the preacher to turn. We are waiting on church members to turn. We are waiting on something or someone else to turn.
God is waiting on us to turn. He is waiting on me to turn. He is waiting on you to turn. We all should find something from which to turn, some wickedness. Just admit it for what it is and turn from it.
Have a good and holy day!