moral right

For this section on Moral Right, we go to Jeremiah 12:3

Yet you know me, LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!

The testing and purging of God brings you to a place of having significant moral authority. A moral right to speak judgement over others. This is from the exhorter Jeremiah, who was willing to invite God to inspect his thoughts about God. Based on that, he had the right to say the above.

Let’s look at accusations. Lot moved into Sodom, seemingly to be walking in righteousness. However, when he tried to rebuke the men of the city, they became violently angry. The people of Sodom and lot followed their desires, not stewardship. Yes, they played them out differently. Neither one sacrificed integrity for the moment. There was absolutely nothing integrious between Abraham and Lot. When given the choice at the parting of ways, Lot takes the best of everything. Not a shred of integrity there. He was after monetary gain.

Jesus and the accusations against him were so out of synch with God the Father. Not appropriate concerning the Sabbath. This was a massive sore spot with the religious leaders, fighting him on that repeatedly. But he had a moral right to rebuke them over this issue of timing because at twelve years old in the synagogue, he went back home and submitted himself to God’s timing.

a challenge for moral right

I challenge you to ponder all the hidden areas in your life you don’t know about and are not consciously nurturing.

Where does the personal agenda conflict with your being God-focused?

Where do you have social contracts that God never ratified?

I invite you to embrace the areas you have successfully conquered the flesh and where you have a God-sized frame to bring to the table. I invite you also to bring God in to pursue the degree that you have a moral right to sit in judgement in the areas of your choice.

Frame it in your own language, set the perimeters you feel right. Not everyone is called to sit in judgment to every maleficent out there but it may be a particular sector of society that God wants you to have high moral authority and in order for you to walk there and walk well, you will need to be purged of every shred of that which is not right.

Talk to God your maker and invite him to take you to a place of extreme moral right to pronounce judgement on some particular facet of covenant violation.

questions to explore

Having listened to this track on Moral Right, what are your thoughts and emotions that bubble up? How do you relate to what is being described?

I think the biggest challenge we face in this area of Moral Right is the awareness of 'Are we using our voice and actions in a heart-felt way or hurt-felt way? As we learn to live from our heart not our hurt, this will be tested the most.


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