What would you say is the most important issue in our culture today?
I propose that the answer is: Values in our society.
Good values, and good people championing them.
Listen to this description of King Hezekiah in 2nd Chronicles 31:20:
“This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.”
Oh it’s possible you can have bad people that champion good values, but it doesn’t happen all that often.
It’s a lot more likely to have bad people championing bad values.
So what’s the solution?
Godly homes that produce godly, stable people with biblical understanding based on godly values.
Of the nearly 200 nations on earth, why is Israel which is one of the tiniest—consistently in the national news?
Well for starters, God had a pretty strong statement for all of us. He said, “Bless Israel and I will bless you. Curse Israel and . . . ” You finish the sentence. It won’t be good!
On top of that He made promise after promise that after He had scattered Israel, He would regather Israel.
Now there are some who follow “replacement theology.”
Replacement theology is basically a kind of sophisticated anti-Semitism that says, “Israel, you just don’t count anymore. God’s not committed to a piece of real estate.” But that’s not true!
Based on what’s happening in Israel, God is honoring His Word in the Bible and He is regathering that nation, miraculously establishing it, after a couple of thousand years, in 1948, and is continuing day by day to fulfill Scripture in Israel right now.
Where does it say in the Bible we’re supposed to retire at age 65?
Or any age for that matter?
Some work isn’t safe for us to do when we’re older—granted. But does that mean we’re to stop ministering in other capacities?
This idea of sitting back, enjoying “life” is so promoted in our culture—Christian and otherwise—it’s become an “entitlement” we expect as a “given” for a life of hard work!
Yet we’ve all known people who stop working and don’t engage in challenging activity—and it’s devastating for their health, physically and mentally!
Rest is good—and necessary. The Lord rested from His work of creating the universe, but retirement from meaningful activity to the glory of God? Not so much!
And then there’s the issue of who takes care of you?
That’s for another day.
If you’re inclined to step back from anything that might sound political—hear me out!
The same Word of God—the Bible—that speaks to our individual lives, our family life, our church life, also speaks to our schools, workplaces, our communities, local, state and federal government.
There’s no major issue that God’s Word does not provide basic and transcendent truth.
It was God who first thought of it and even described government in Isaiah 9:6 as being on the shoulder of the incarnated Son!
When ‘government’ is mentioned, don’t start running.
It creates great delight in the Evil one who desires any areas we want to surrender to him.
Our sovereign King does not yield to the Evil one. And He never intended for us to do so either!
This is not a call to be more political—it’s a plea to be more biblical!
What were the principles of our Founding Fathers—and why should we care? Good question!
Were all of the 204 men who signed the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence Christians? No, but there was an overarching faith perspective that shaped the values, ideals and principles of the men who wrote our founding documents—and led our first Congress.
John Adams, author of the Declaration wrote:
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were . . . the general principles of Christianity.”
America was founded as a nation rooted in higher law, not in man’s law.
When you encounter those who would deny any religious roots in this country—you can be confident, it was well understood by our founding fathers that the unalienable rights they wrote of and spoke to, were part of a higher law established by God—not by man!
Sunday Assembly—their video portrays a gathering of believers singing, raising their hands, a look of joy in fellowship with one another and in outreach to the community. Celebrating LIFE!
. . . except this gathering of “believers” introduce themselves as “Sunday Assembly”—“a godless community that meets monthly to hear great talks, connect for service projects, sing songs and generally celebrate life!”
Except the real celebration is one of death—not life!
When Thomas, who doubted, asked Jesus, “How can we know the way?” . . . Jesus answered: “I am the way, and the truth and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
And Isaiah warns: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.”
My prayer is that the church of Jesus Christ will be a kingdom force—well versed in biblical clarity —celebrating LIFE—life eternal!
Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles, CA
(Verses quoted are from John 14:5/6 and Isaiah 5:20)