Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Marching For A Good Cause??

According the news the marches over the weekend were a record breaking demonstration of people's opposition to President Trump and all he stands for.  The NPR hosts have been positively giddy with their enthusiasm for the huge crowds...

Presumably all of the marchers believe that they are on the side of what is good!!

It is interesting that so many people could be so enthusiastic over issues of good and evil when one of the things they evidently stand for is the rejection of absolute standards of right and wrong. How does that work?

What do they stand for?  They are definitely pro-abortion, having rejected pro-life groups from participating.

It seems to me that they are rebelling against everything that relates to our historic constitutional democracy and traditional morality.  They have grown so used to liberal progressivism steamrolling over everyone who disagrees that they cannot stand the fact their candidate lost the election. They are now ready for revolution. They reject the legitimacy of the elected government and will protest until they get their own way.

Maybe.

But their avowed belief in absolute freedom applies only to their own beliefs and behaviors. Anyone who disagrees is a hater - and they hate haters.  So while they rally for absolute freedom, they roll over everyone else's freedom with a sadistic glee.  They cannot see how their behavior and attitudes match historical movements that they would find abhorrent.

What do they claim for their moral authority?  Reason? Law? Consensus?  Anything other than God.
(Isaiah 5:20–23 ESV) 20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink,23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eternal Value

What is it that guides our lives?

Some things we do for sheer pleasure.  Other things we do for survival.

Most of us need to work for a living and we count ourselves blessed if the work we do is interesting and meaningful for us.  But whether meaningful or not - we have to work to support ourselves and our families.  In this category we also include various chores associated with living - paying bills, taking out the trash, doing the wash, cooking meals and caring for children.

Commercial entertainment occupies a large place in American culture.  Books, TV, movies, and sporting events are available to us through many sources and untold millions of hours are spent everyday consuming them.

Nature is a different sort of entertainment that people approach in different ways.  We hike, climb, bike, hunt, birdwatch, fish or camp in "the great outdoors."  We observe the wonders of the natural world and concern ourselves with the ecological health of the planet.

How do we rate the value of each activity in our lives?  Is it the monetary value?  Is it the relationship value?  Is it the degree of pleasure we derive from it?  Is it the idea that we are leaving a legacy?

In our secular society we find all of the above.  But what about eternity?  Is there any way we can invest in eternity and live to see the benefit of that investment?

Jesus said that we should "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness."  He told us that we should "store up treasures in heaven" that will endure for everlasting life.

How do we do that?

The simple truth is that our eternal destiny is tied to our relationship with Jesus.  Repentance for sin, faith in Christ's atonement, sanctification through conformity to Jesus' sinless example, the fruit of the Spirit in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control - these are things that count for eternity and lead to behaviors that matter.

We still need to make a living, but why are we making a living? What are we doing with our living? How is our living reflecting our relationship with Jesus and moving other people toward a relationship with Him?

Don't just live - live for Jesus in a way that matters for eternity.