When biblical values don’t matter—things get ugly.
Democracy cannot function—long-term—without biblical values of honesty, integrity and loyalty.
It’s key to understanding massive corruption in business, in government, in all aspects of community and public life.
Historically, America’s values have been Christian and biblical values. You don’t rip people off. You don’t lie or steal. And if you do, you admit it as sin. You repent. You pay the price for wrong-doing.
Honesty, integrity, loyalty.
Whether America succeeds or fails depends on the extent to which we embrace these biblical, Christian values.
There’s no getting around it!
Some would say, you can’t fully appreciate something until you’ve lost it. I hope that’s not true.
Now’s the time to preserve what we have.
Now’s the time to pray for God’s blessing; to embrace biblical values!
Some things are worth defending.
Knowing what they are makes all the difference.
Admittedly you have to pick your battles . . . but where’s the point when you stand up and fight for what you believe?
And what ultimately is worth fighting for?
Your faith, your family, your freedoms?
You stand up when you’re being diminished or others are being diminished in their value . . . when what God has ordained and established is being diminished . . . when you’re being forced to compromise or to be complicit in compromise . . . when untruth is lifted up as truth . . . when injustice is committed—you stand up.
Here’s the point!
We’re to stand up and fight about truth and injustice, not based on our definition of truth, or our definition of injustice.
No! A definition based on God and His Word!
How you live as a Christian in today’s culture makes a difference on the culture itself!
There’s an economic theory that says: “What we enjoy, in terms of economics in our culture, flows out of, in part, biblical truth.”
A book titled, “Human Accomplishments” studied those accomplishments from 400BC to 1950. It was written by a self-admitted agnostic. But he said when he studied human accomplishments, he was stunned that the primary contributor to human accomplishment–meaning things getting better–it was because of biblical Christianity. Another book titled, “Under the Influence” came up with the same conclusion.
Christianity, when lived out by those of us who claim to know Christ, makes an enormous impact on the culture.
A staggering impact, in fact!
Let’s not forget that! Let’s live in the light of God’s Truth—salt and light!
What’s foundational in your life? And why should you care?
Jesus said in Matthew 7: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house.
Yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash.”
Everything in these houses was identical.
Except one thing. The foundation.
The person who hears the words of Jesus and puts them into practice! It makes all the difference.
As Christians, how are we perceived by our culture? For or against?
Oftentimes—most often in fact, we’re perceived as being against something.
But let’s not let the secularists label us.
Critics of Christians say we’re anti-abortion.
They say we’re anti-gay marriage.
No—we’re for traditional, biblical marriage.
In the Prop 8 battle in California against same-sex marriage, they said we were against them.
No. Proposition 8 was fourteen words simply affirming the reality of traditional marriage.
There are some legitimate things we have to be against.
In fact, some of the Ten Commandments say, “Thou shall not!”
Eight of the Commandments to be exact.
So don’t be intimidated by critics who say, “Oh, you’re always so against stuff. . .”
Yes, we are against some things, but let’s also be known by what we are FOR!
When it comes to what the Bible teaches—you have two choices: embrace what it says, or rationalize it away!
It’s what we do, isn’t it? We embrace what the Bible teaches or we rationalize it—ignore it—hoping it’ll go away.
Stand up and fight for what you believe.
Admittedly you have to pick your battles.
Some things just aren’t worth defending.
But your faith? Your family? Your freedoms?
They are worth defending.
When what God has ordained and established is diminished, when you’re being forced to compromise—stand up.
Government-funded abortions. Injustice. Misinformation. Lies.
And here’s the kicker.
When I speak of truth and justice, it’s not based on your definition, or on mine. It’s a definition that has to be based on God and His Word.