What makes up those values that contribute to making America exceptional? It’s important you know the answer!
Throughout history, nations have risen to incredible heights of prosperity and might. So compared to the rest of the world, why are we unique in our economy, creativity, prosperity, military might, our system of laws, and our individual freedoms?
What made America exceptional was the recognition that the God of the universe, the Creator, Judge, Law-giver, and Redeemer of Genesis 1:1—has endowed every human being with certain rights. Rights embodied in the Ten Commandments.
Government was established to secure and protect those rights.
Our Declaration of Independence summarizes them as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
But when government abuses its authority, these rights become at risk—and hear me on this: the inevitable decay of our nation will follow!
The idea of “globalism” may appear religious—but what’s the real agenda?
Warnings in Scripture are clear: “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.” And that applies not only to the “prince” of a country, but in the so-called “global government” as well.
No government has ever offered, or will ever be able to offer, real and complete peace for humanity.
Trust in globalization and the hope of a new world order is dangerous! Because humanity and those humans who would lead such a government, are sinful, corrupt and greedy.
Galatians 3:22 doesn’t mince words. It says “The whole world is a prisoner of sin.”
Listen to the utopian language of the globalists and you’ll immediately recognize that what they promise—they cannot deliver.
Why? Because faith in politicians or world orders undermines the authority of God!
What’s so “good” about—Good Friday?
If you’re a believer—it’s a great question.
Where IS the “good” in Good Friday?
Why call this particular day—Good Friday?
Good for who? It certainly wasn’t good for Jesus.
One look at the nature of the cross and we can see it was horrible for Him.
Yet–it was good for us. Great as a matter of fact!
What took place on that cross that made it so great?
. . . why is something that happened so long ago, so far away, all that relevant to you and me?
When Jesus died on that cross, He literally took your sins and mine off of us. They got assigned to Him.
Then His righteousness was assigned to you and me—so that when the Father looks at us, He sees the righteousness of Christ—His Son!
It is truly a GOOD Friday!
What would you say is the world’s fastest growing global crime?
The answer may surprise you!
. . . and the answer is human trafficking!
And it’s taking place right here!
We need to start protecting our girls by teaching them, that in Christ, is where true identity, love and worth originates—so they don’t fall prey to the lie that these relationships will fill a desire to be loved. The favored ploy on the Internet, by the way!
And fueling the demand is pornography!
It’s the sex trafficker’s greatest advertiser.
As a church, we must raise up godly men who recognize evil and resist temptation.
Of those who identify themselves as born-again Christians, 95% admit they have viewed pornography—over 50% viewing it at least once a month.
There’s much to do—but we can start by breaking the silence on this issue!
What role is your church playing in taking action to eliminate modern-day slavery?
Let’s get practical! There are at least three things your church can do:
James 1:27 says, “care for the orphaned.” They’re among society’s most vulnerable.
Ephesians 5:11 reminds us to expose evil for what it is. So speak the truth about pornography to stop feeding the human trafficking industry.
Combat the message culture tells our daughters and sons. Disciple them to find their identities and worth in Christ. Make it a top priority in your church body.
The bottom line is clear: sex trafficking’s increase is directly related to our societies moral decrease. Surprisingly and tragically, as even awareness of sexual trafficking rises, the industry continues to grow, fed by a sick culture.
We must do all we can to bring hope and encouragement to those for whom God deeply cares!
Justice is repeatedly called for in the Bible.
So what’s the problem?
Leviticus 19:15 instructs us not to “show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge our neighbor fairly.”
There’s to be no favoritism in the courts between rich or poor, male or female, or based on race.
Everyone is to obey the same standard of righteousness and suffer the same consequences for violating it.
And further, biblically, mercy and kindness are to be extended to those weak and vulnerable in our society.
But this does NOT mean unjustly seizing and redistributing wealth and property that is the rightful possession of others.
Unfortunately, for many in the social justice movement, it does mean exactly that—the forceful redistribution of wealth.
It’s not only unbiblical and unjust; it has failed everywhere it’s been tried!