The voice of the people is not the voice of God and just because it’s loud doesn’t mean it’s right.
On a particular evening, I was scrolling through Instagram and a post caught my attention, two women had gotten married to themselves and had shared their wedding photos, on the post were thousands and thousands of likes, not just that, the comment section was full as well, full of flatteries and praises for the couple. And as I read through the comments, I didn’t know when I said out loud, “the voice of the people is not the voice of God and just because it’s loud doesn’t mean it’s right”.
My mom heard me and asked what I was on about and I shared it with her. This led to a lengthy discourse on what God says is right and acceptable and what people (the society) say is right and acceptable, how unfortunately, the voice of the people was slowly drowning out the voice of God and threatening to replace it.
While this might be okay for non-believers since they don’t know better, it is unacceptable for the believer for we must be insulated from the world system.
God’s word is truth and it reveals His stand on homosexuality (Romans 1:24-27). It is a sinful behavior that serves as a perversion to God’s original plan. Those who indulge in it have chosen not to honor God yet God will forgive those who turn away from it and seek His forgiveness, He will restore them (John 1:12).
The issue of sexual orientation isn’t the only way God’s voice is drowning out, it’s everything else. More often than not, you hear people say “If it feels right, then it’s right.” This shouldn’t be so, our feelings cannot be trusted as moral guides. Our feelings cannot replace the word of God, which should be our only moral guide. Our feelings will lead us to fulfill the lust of the flesh i.e encourage us to indulge in our sinful desires and if we continue in it, we will eventually see and accept bad as good. This is the reason why we must soak ourselves with the truth of God’s word that we may not “imitate the ideals and opinions of the culture around us” but be reformed in our thinking and guided in our decisions. (Romans 12:2)
John Piper puts it perfectly, when he says “My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes – many times – my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens – and it happens every day in some measure – I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.”
Dear Believer, which voice is louder right now for you? God or people?
If you want God’s voice to be amplified in your heart, life and around you then you will have to turn back to His word and shut out the noise around you (which is the voice of the people), you will have to trust God for direction, not your feelings as the people of the world do.