Our nation is said to be at war against terrorism. Since “9/11” the subject of terrorism has taken center stage in the minds of many governments, military leaders and everyday citizens in nations around the world. The reality of terrorism is probably being given more focused attention, on a wider scale basis, than has ever been the case.
Are you happy? What would make you happy? There’s a lot of talk about happiness. The appearance is that a great many people are unhappy with their lives. While many tell us that we need to be happy, that we need to go out and find happiness, they seem rather shallow in their analysis of what happiness really is and how to be happy.
James wrote, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” ( Jas. 4:17 ). James could not have been much clearer- not doing what we know we should do can constitute sin! Such sins are called sins of omission . Now, why did James have to include that verse in his letter? Because James was writing God’s word ( 2 Tim. 3:16-17 ), and God guided him to write exactly what He wanted James to write ( 2 Pet. 1:20-21 ).
The prophet wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” ( Isa. 5:20 ). God is speaking specifically about the nation of Israel in this text. Earlier in the chapter He refers to them as a vineyard that He planted and cultivated, only to have it produce “wild grapes” instead of “good grapes” ( vs. 1-7 ). The allusion is clear.
Gary L. Hutchens