Are you motivated to do good and righteous things—out of an external duty? Pleasing others, getting ahead? When you’re pressured or forced?
Paul said in 1st Corinthians 13:11: “When I was a child I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” If your wife has to tell you to come to church—you’re still a child in the Lord. If you’re a young person—and it takes mom and dad to ask you to do what’s right—you’re still a child in the Lord.
Maturity in Christ, in your walk with the Lord—is evident when the inside of you starts dictating what you do—and what you don’t do.
So how’s it going?
Some good news!
The State of Rhode Island has revised its health insurance exchange by adding plans that don’t mandate a surcharge for other people’s elective abortions. That change came about as the result of an Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit. . . filed on behalf of a man who did not want to compromise his pro-life beliefs. ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said:
“The Constitution and federal and state law protect individuals from this type of government coercion. We commend Rhode Island for revising its health insurance exchange so that the state’s citizens do not have to financially support abortion in order to obtain health care.”
Let’s hope others follow Rhode Island’s example—and respect the constitutionally protected freedom of all Americans!
The word is SIN! Oh I know. . .we’d rather think in terms of making an error, a failure, referring to it as a shortcoming—anything but sin. Carl Menninger, the famous psychiatrist wrote a book titled, “What Ever Happened to Sin? Good question! It’s a word that just dropped out of mention.
It comes from the Greek word, “amatia”—to miss the “bulls-eye”! You don’t even hear it much in pulpits. Pastors aren’t saying it. It just doesn’t occur in the language—Christian or not. Proverbs 20 verse 9 asks: “Who can say I have kept my heart pure? Who can say I am clean—without sin?”
. . .and when we do?. . .let’s not call it anything but what it actually is—sin.
When all is said and down, the hope for a nation—including our nation—is conformity to God’s ways. Secularists certainly wouldn’t agree. And often I wonder if we Christians really get it.
So what’s holding us back?
We certainly know we can’t operate as an individual against God’s ways and succeed—we can’t operate as a family against God—certainly not as the church. So why do we think it would be different for a nation of individuals? What gives us the idea we can be anti-biblical as a nation, in any of our fundamental policies, and somehow be preserved? The biblical way is “preservational”—of all that’s good—for your good and my good.
. . .and our nation needs to be committed to biblical values!
. . .and being a leader isn’t simply learning a set of skills.
It’s not merely doing—it’s being! Many a hopeful leader has lost his or her following—because when people get close up, they discover there wasn’t much there to follow. It was a lot of “fluff.” Like cotton candy—you take a bit and it disappears.
These are what we used to call “Teflon” leaders—nothing sticks.
And for good reason.
They’re lacking in the ingredients that make a person rich in substance and high in protein! The kind of leader who speaks out of the overflow of his or her life. I call them “Velcro” leaders—they stick! People stick to them. It’s the difference in being versus merely doing.
Make sure you know the difference.
The Radiance Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates people about social issues from a Christian perspective. In an online article they parodied the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People calling it, the National Association for the Abortion of Colored People. The NAACP filed a suit citing copyright infringement laws, and
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that The Radiance Foundation had not violated copyright infringement laws, overturning a decision by a lower court judge who had previously filed otherwise.
Commenting on the case, the ADF allied attorney who filed the brief stated:
“The NAACP cannot use trademark law to shield itself from criticism by denying others the right to use its name when they’re expressing their opinions.”
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