A cavalier attitude toward faith is prevalent these days. And many people are proud of that. Sincerity in devotion to God is all but lost, and some people wear it like a badge. Our society is degrading fast past the laissez faire attitude into a mindset that has a propensity to attack even the very idea of faith, and certainly to loath anyone who makes a call to any form of ‘righteousness’. And people of faith are sitting back, unalarmed by the downward spiral of public thought, which debases our society, spinning it into the curse of an amoral civil conscience.
The likes of Samantha Bee, and Jimmy Kimmel, and droves of others, such as so-called ‘newscasters’ on CNN, NBC, MSNBC and the like, who are vulgar at best, are awarded/rewarded for their vulgarity and their constant spewing of hatred, and for influencing young minds into sinfulness and rebellion. It is no longer proper to keep in check those who would abuse free speech. Yes, we have an absolute right to say anything we want, apart from inciting riots or causing undue panic. But, with rights should come responsibility.
The same is true in the kingdom of God: we have a right not to say anything regarding what society is doing around us. But, as people in His kingdom, we have a responsibility to warn those who profess to know Him not to fall into the mind that what we as a people think and say has no eternal effect.
More importantly, however, as believers in the Creator, Blessed is He, and in His Messiah, a cavalier attitude is a slow death of faith. The Kingdom of Messiah and of Elohim is about LIFE and GROWTH, and one simply cannot ‘do’ that without some sort of ‘action’ within the wider Body of Messiah. Yeshua compared ’emunah,’ or ‘absolute trust’ [what most people call faith] to a grain of mustard seed. It is indeed tiny, but among the plants of its kind, which grow in the fields of Yisra’el, it becomes the tallest, and is probably the most ‘visible’ plant in the hills of Yisra’el. But, if the seed does not ‘do’ something, and if it is not provided the right environment, it cannot ‘grow.’ A seed, being planted in the dirt, will not necessarily grow unless there are other elements that affect it’s place in the dirt, and unless the ‘weeds’ are removed. Similarly, a believer being ‘in the assembly’ will not by himself ‘grow,’ without actually participating. Neither can he grow if he is choked out by the weeds. Weeds are growing fast and furiously in this country, catching up with the rest of the world.
Sincerity and commitment to faith are a rare find these days. People are instead using social media to try to spread a lackluster faith, and even excuse the debauchery that is among people of faith as much as it is among people who have no faith. To be ‘comfortable’ in one’s faith is to be, as Yeshua put it, ‘lukewarm,’ and neither hot nor cold. He told that congregation ‘You think that you have made it, and that you are wealthy, but I tell you that you are wretched, poor, pitiful, blind and naked.’ Many people who THINK they are saved are in fact dangerously close to being rejected by the Messiah, precisely because they are ‘cavalier’ about it. “It’s okay, Jesus died for me.” Um, yes He did; but he also died for every OTHER sinner, including those who have utterly rejected Him. That knowledge does not save you, unless it produces in you a response, such that you desire to obey God, and be transformed into the image of the Son of God. That image is very ‘biblical’ in nature, and Jewish in flavor! And nowhere does Yeshua show us a spirit of compromise, nor a cavalier attitude toward sin. He told the religious that they were lost, that they were sons of the devil, and that they only washed the outside of the cup; he told the adulterous woman, “Go, and sin NO MORE.” Yes, He was compassionate toward her, and defended her from hypocritical judgment that broke Torah, but He also urged her to CEASE from going against the Torah.
A historical ‘Cavalier’ was one who vehemently supported the king of England, Charles I, during a rebellion, a civil war. The word originated from the Latin for ‘horseman,’ and was used to describe a particular group of swashbuckling, mounted swordsmen who were loyal to a king who imposed high taxes and was a mite opposed to protestants who wanted to reform the faith. Depending on one’s view of them, the word took on a different meaning: either base and unconcerned for truth, or suave and debonair, and refined. It seems the protestant definition has taken root. Many people of faith today seem to some to be very ‘sophisticated’ in their thinking, because they ‘tolerate’ sin. But, anyone who opposes and exposes those base sins is seen as base, and marginalized. Luckily for England, that king lost, and so did the Cavaliers, and a new form of government was installed. Yeshua’s ‘intolerance’ for sin, which is very clear in the passages already alluded to herein, and in seven letters that He personally dictated to seven different congregations, is not tolerated by many who say they believe in Him. Rather, they would overlook certain wrongs, and reason away the need to address them in our society. Today, everyone who does so is a Cavalier for the wrong king. And they are proud of it.
The disciples laid on all the congregations a minimum standard in order to maintain fellowship in the SYNAGOGUE. That minimum standard included all forms of ‘adultery/fornication’, or sexual sin, which sins are addressed in Leviticus 18-22. They also mandated the kosher laws that are found in Genesis 9, and those concerning idolatry and imbibing blood from Exodus 20 and Lev 17, and other places, for ALL believers, but specifically addressing those laws to NEW Gentile believers in יהוה and His Messiah. They also stated that Gentiles would CONTINUE to hear the Torah in the Synagogue on the Sabbath. [Acts 15:21] Yet today, Cavalier ‘guardians of truth’ overlook even those most BASIC sins, and actually ENCOURAGE young people to commit them, if that’s what they ‘identify’ with. Charles I was eventually executed by beheading. Yeshua said, “whoever misleads one of these little ones who believe in Me, it would be better for him that a donkey’s millstone were hanged on his neck and he were sunk in the depths of the sea.” That is NOT something about which to be “Cavalier.”