Moral and Mental Lunacy
In the parable of the prodigal son, we read about a young man who was not in his right mind for a time, but he chose that course for himself. The younger of two sons took his inheritance and left home. He went into a far country and wasted his entire inheritance with prodigal living. Then a severe famine struck the land and he had nothing. We find him out in the field feeding swine. Luke 15:17 tells us something very interesting about this: “‘But when he came to himself, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!”’” (NKJV). It was at that point that he repented. He got up and headed home, where he, with a humble spirit, confessed his sin to his father and sought his forgiveness. But, it says, “when he came to himself.” While he continued in that sinful, wasteful, life, he was beside himself. He was not in his right mind. He was not thinking correctly. “But when he came to his senses . . .” says the NASB.
There are many in this country who are beside themselves when it comes to spiritual and moral issues. There are people who can’t tell what gender they are. There are people who get fighting mad over wanting to kill unborn babies, who are completely innocent, completely defenseless, and completely human. In other cases, they want us to call a him a “her,” because he “identifies” as a “she.” All kinds of Immorality are being practiced out in the open by people who, seemingly, have no shame; things that used to only be done behind closed doors. Let’s not forget Isaiah 5:20: “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!” (NKJV).
This kind of lunacy is completely voluntary. The prodigal was not in his right mind while living a reckless and rebellious life, but he chose that life. He wanted his inheritance. He asked for it. He chose to leave his father’s house. He chose to do the things he did that landed him in a field with the pigs. He was also able to “come to his senses,” repent, and return to his father’s house.
Those who choose to reject the Truth of God’s Word, to reject Christ, and who choose darkness over light, are heading down the same path that the prodigal son was on. It is a path that leads to spiritual ruin. It’s time, as a country, we “come to our senses,” leave our wallowing in the mire (cf. 2 Pet 2:22), and return to God with humility and godly fear.