24 September 2012

Democratic Duties

I never cease to be amazed at the way some people reason. I just saw a quote by a gentleman asking what verse in the Bible tells him to “vote.” This is similar reasoning to asking what verse in the Bible tells him to “drive a Ford pickup.” The Bible gives us the principles by which we should live as responsible adults not the specifics which would make us automated robots.

Of course the Bible doesn't mention voting; our style of government did not exist until 236 years ago. It was almost 149 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address resolved that the government of the people, by the people and for the people should not pass from the earth. The democracy of the USA is a new concept in government which was not known in Bible days.

The one main weakness of democracy is the fickleness of people. Our government is no better than the people who make its laws. It is well said that all evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing. If good people, wise people, godly people do not arise and take a stand for righteous living, this nation is doomed. Though there are no specific Bible verses that say you should go to the polls and vote on November 6, 2012, the Bible gives us plenty of verses which say we need to fulfill our obligations to live as good citizens.

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.” (Romans 13:1)

“Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:7)

“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.” (I Peter 2:13-14)

“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (I Peter 2:17)

“Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesars, and to God the things that are Gods.” (Luke 20:25)

Here in the USA, we the people are responsible for our government. We cannot blame anyone else, because we voted or failed to vote for those who represent us. The failure to vote is still a vote. It is a vote which says I have given up my rights to express myself as a responsible adult. I have given up on the idea that I can help make this a better place to live. It is this pessimistic attitude which allows wicked men to practice their sinful lifestyles.

I read a story about some college freshmen attending their first class and the professor wrote on the board, “A-P-A-T-H-Y.” One of the freshmen watched and tried to read what the professor was writing. “A-path, a-pathie,” he said. He turned to his buddy and said, “What does a-path-y mean?” “I don’t know,” his friend replied. “Who cares?” That is exactly what apathy means, “Who cares?” And it is this “who cares?” attitude that is at the heart of what is wrong with this nation. May God give us godly people who love God enough to stand up for righteous living. Evil triumphs when good men do nothing!

14 September 2012

A Lesson from History

The moment we mention history there is a groan from many people who believe there is nothing profitable we can learn from the past, but it is true that history many times repeats itself. Those who fail to read the minutes from the previous meeting are doomed to repeat it. It is the wise man who learns from other people’s mistakes.

Since life is a journey it is obvious that we are going somewhere, and I personally don’t want to end up in the same place I see some other people going. Let’s take a look at one of the greatest of all societies, The Roman Empire. There is no doubt about it, The Roman Empire was one of the greatest of all civilizations and it was constructed two thousand years ago. The coliseums they built, their works of art and their roads still exist to this day. They developed a method for making clay tile which is still being used today. Some of their tile made 2,000 years ago is in good condition. They built an empire which lasted almost 500 years. What went wrong and why did it collapse?

The collapse came from within. The moral standards of the people continued to slide until it was easy for barbarians to attack and destroy them. First, the people became financially in debt. It is estimated that one out of every two people was a slave. It was economic slavery. To get an education meant you had to go in debt, and work as a slave to whomever loaned you the money for the education. Most doctors were slaves. (Does any of this sound familiar?)

Secondly, life no longer was considered sacred. They didn’t practice abortion, they practiced abandonment. When a baby was born they would present him to its father. The father would either say, “Take him to his mother”, or he would say, “Abandon him.” If he said, “Abandon him,” they would take the baby to a garbage heap to die. Of course, there were people who collected these babies left to die and many of them ended up in some type of slavery. (Do you see any similarities?)

Thirdly, homosexuality was rampant. It was practiced everywhere from the Caesar’s to the slaves. To them, homosexuality had become a normal lifestyle. (Does this sound like America?)

As a nation we are following the footsteps of ancient Rome and I predict that though we have been the greatest nation on earth, without a spiritual awakening we will experience the same downfall that the Roman’s experienced.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) Without a spiritual renewal there is no way we can survive as a nation. We will simply repeat the past examples we chose to ignore.

04 September 2012

Our Christian President

Some of the most disturbing things being said by those who are promoting same-sex marriage are their strong statements about their Christian faith.  Even our president stated that one of the reasons he switched sides on the same-sex marriage issue was because of his “Christian convictions.”

I recently read a quote by a homosexual activist who was accusing Christians of not reading their Bibles.  He said, “Jesus never said anything about gays.”  Is this true that Jesus never said anything about gays?  It is only true in the same sense that Jesus never said anything about a Ford automobile, an iPhone, or a Boeing Jet Dreamliner.  Of course Jesus never used the word “gay;” we never began to hear such terminology until about thirty years ago.

But Jesus did address the subject when He said, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’”  (Matthew 19:4-5 emphasis mine)  Jesus referred to the natural laws of creation that started at the “beginning.”  In the beginning, God did not start with same-sex marriage, He began with male and female.  This is a natural creation law.  Jesus said that a man would leave his father and mother to be joined to his wife.  It is clearly a distortion of facts to say that Jesus never addressed the homosexual problem.  The homosexual activist is the one who needs to read his Bible.

To disagree with someone is not the same as hating them.  There is no room in a Christian’s life for hatred of the homosexual, but there is a big difference in acceptance and approval.  Jesus accepts everyone who comes to Him, but that doesn’t mean He approves of their behavior.  Jesus treated all people with respect--even those who were being completely disrespectful toward Him; and we should do nothing less.  According to the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, homosexuality is clearly identified as a sin.  But like any other sin, there is forgiveness for those who ask.

We are repeatedly being told by today’s media that we did not choose our gender, and that is true.  Gender is a gift from God.  But gender is not determined by our brain, it is determined by our privates.  It is easy to discover our gender simply by looking at our private parts.  It recently made national news when a couple refused to allow the hospital to call their new baby a boy or a girl.  They simply called the baby an “it” and said they would wait until the child was old enough to decide whether “it” wanted to be a boy or a girl.  This is utter foolishness and confusion.

Because of their opposition to same-sex marriage, Christians are being accused of failing to read their Bibles and a lack of love, but this is twisting the facts and a clear distortion of the only marriage authorized by God.  From the beginning, marriage was one man and one woman, and we cannot be true Christians and at the same time violate clearly stated biblical principles.