The Brazen Heart
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
When I was growing up back in the late fifties and early sixties, certain actions were considered shameful by the general public. For example, if a girl got pregnant out of wedlock, she had to leave school because she had committed a shameful act. If a man committed adultery, his action was considered shameful. If a person robbed a bank, shame was attached to his sin.
And, yes! All of the above actions were labeled sin. There was no beating around the bush with semantics. Sin was sin and punishable by God. We didn’t call sin tolerance or diversity or any other fancy name that covered its true nature.
Today, we have abandoned not only the notion of sin but also the notion of shame. As a culture, we have developed brazen hearts–hearts that defiantly shake their fists in God’s face without fear of punishment. It makes me shudder to think what lies ahead for those brazen hearts that do not repent.
Why is a brazen heart so dangerous? A brazen heart is dangerous because it will lead you to eternal damnation. A brazen heart has set itself up as the final judge and arbiter of right and wrong. A brazen heart has, in essence, established itself as its own god.
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