A Slide Rule
It seems more so plausible and pretentious for people to dodge the subject of morality or accountability these days. It's like the goal post has been moved to accommodate personal attitudes or lifestyles. And to the chagrin of these people, the human soul is wired with a conscience. Therefore in an effort to conceal these short comings and misgivings, a make-believe measuring stick (slide rule) is developed to lessen and justify the inner cry. A quick-witted cynicism, mockery or sarcasm about denouncing sin is used to playoff ones immorality and thereby sidestep reality for another day. Moreover, it's easier and convenient to jest or jokingly slip in a witticism about someone else that would strengthen ones personal charm or skip the issue. A sickness that has become more acute in this modern society.
The lifestyle of many Christians have developed around these misconceptions like a building block of moral decay. The golden rule has become a fuzzy interpretation which doesn't measure up to God's plumb-line. Too many of God's children have stretched the boundaries of salvation to satisfy personal ideals. They have replaced God's Spirit and guidance with a set of routines and programs at church and adopted a worldly culture of family values. If the Holy Spirit were to step aside for a season at your church, would any of the programs be discontinued or has it become a daily routine that doesn't require God's anointing. May our prayer and observance be a time of listening and embrace forgiveness through His mercy tonight.
This self-seeking (me-generation) culture does sadden God's heart. The invitation to enter eternity before the tribulation hour shall be a missed opportunity for many people. To use a parable: I may have an invitation to a banquet and left behind at departure time. Would quote a popular "once saved..." slogan and show you the ticket (certificate of baptism) and still miss the airplane (rapture) by not being present at the airport (fellowship of the Spirit). Our communion with God according to His plumb-line is the true test of fellowship and discipleship. It is God's heart to welcome and encourage us through Jesus: the atonement and sanctification of our salvation. The hope of glory ... in the splendour of His sweet presence.