8 "Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah."
Cain, the first murderer in human history but there is much more to his story than that. We find him in Genesis 4 building an altar to worship God. The only problem is that while claiming to worship God he is really worshipping himself. God had asked for a sacrifice of an animal because the animal was symbolic of Jesus. Cain was a crop farmer. He wanted to offer his own crops instead of animal and eventually he did. Like the Frank Sinatra song says "I did it my way".
The people in the church that Jude is talking about are all about "doing it their own way" while claiming to be worshippers of God. Jude calls them defilers of the flesh. God made us and he tells us what food is best. He tells us how to guard our sexuality and the parameters for healthy relationships. He tells us we are designed to work and that laziness will negatively impact our bodies. He tells us are minds are also to be protected by avoiding exposure to evil and corruption and thinking about positive things. Because of sin we often have desires that run contrary to God's instruction. By simply living as obedient slaves to our desires while ignoring His principles we are becoming brute beasts and following in the footsteps of Cain. Had we asked him (when he first had the idea of offering crops instead of a lamb) if he thought he would ever kill his own brother he would have thought we were crazy. Sin changes us for the worse. Surrendering to God changes us for the better.
We are fools if we think we can embrace the grace of God and then live as slaves to our desires. Sin destroys. There is no way around. We can make our own choices but we can't change the rules.
As I have been reflecting on Jude's letter the past few days it occurred to me that democracy has affected our thinking in a delusional way. We have come to the place in our culture where we believe right and wrong is defined by majority consensus. This is grossly deceptive. Voting may change our choice or direction but it doesn't change the unalterable laws of God and if we vote to act against any of those laws negative results will follow. It is unavoidable.
Be wise. Listen. Submit to Love. Follow. Today.