Prejudice vs. murder
SELECTIVE MORALITY…is running rampant throughout American society today. Earlier this week, after ending my time in the word and prayer, I opened my phone to do several things, one of which was to see what was going on in the world. The first news item was the people of Virginia calling for the governor’s resignation. For a brief moment, I had this joyous feeling that the people had stood up against the latest full term abortion law. He had the day before defended it. But, the real reason Virginians were calling for his resignation was over a high school annual photo on his page relating to Blacks and the Ku Klux Klan. If his heart and beliefs are still laced with racial prejudice, he should be removed.
My heart sunk, realizing racial prejudice outweighed barbaric death of unborn, and maybe born babies. The Virginia and New York law allows parents to determine life or death, even possibly after birth. What, to me, has been enacted is ‘legislated pre-meditated capital murder’. What’s next; will a parent(s) be able to take their two-year old child to the doctor and determine that their life has really been upset by the addition of this child. Or maybe a ‘godless government’ determines it for you.
Grounded in Biblical truth
This is where the alternative comes in. BIBLICAL MORALITY…is grounded in truth, based on God’s word. You see, when a society turns away from these foundational truths, everything becomes relative. Human or worldly wisdom then begins to trump godly wisdom. God’s word has boundaries, designed for our good. Opponents don’t want the restrictions. They want to make decisions that benefit them—as long as, they say, it is not harmful to you. But, do you really believe unredeemed mankind can make that kind of rational decision? What we are dealing with today in various areas in our society are man-made solutions. They are void of biblical truth.
In John 10.9-11, Jesus, the Author of truth, said it this way. Note the comparison. “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (ESV).
Dads, what are you teaching and modeling to your kids, wife, grandkids? Is it relative truth or Biblical truth? You can clearly see the results from godly truth as opposed to godless truth. The thief in the verse is the enemy of truth, Satan. Let’s see his fruit—steal, kill, destroy. God’s Ten Commandments include ones that seem to oppose these. “You shall not murder; You shall not steal.” Christ said his fruit is life, even abundantly. He went on to say; “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (Jn. 12.46 ESV). But on the other hand we see this. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4.4 ESV).
Dispenser of light
Dads, it is imperative for you to draw your family into the light. You, empowered by the Spirit, are the dispenser of that light. Bathe them in truth so that the darkness will not overtake them. And empower them to walk in Biblical morality. Maybe as never before, our nation needs you and millions of other abiding fathers to step up to this critical life changing, life saving privilege and responsibility.
“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts…They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness…They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.” (Psa. 145.4,6,7,11,12 ESV).
Joshua was in the same situation as we find ourselves today. “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24.15 ESV). How about you and your family? You have a choice!
For you dads with young children in the home, our Strategic Partner, Practice Ministries, has excellent father-child Biblical study materials in multiple languages. Go to www.practiceministries.org.