Please Consider…

In certain cases when people resort to violence it means they have nothing of value to offer. When we see so much violence in our nation in matters that are political and social (and even,religious), that is exactly the case!

 One should expect people on either (or any)side of an issue to take a strong stand and uphold his or her viewpoint. One should be able to elucidate clearly his position and give logical reasons for it. But, when one starts name-calling, cursing, and striking out in violence,one has lost the battle and has nothing of value to offer as a solution or answer. When one reaches that point, he needs to take a step back and look at his position to see if it has worth, or if it is valid. One just might be wrong.

 Our nation is being ripped apart by extremism (radicalism) in most all areas of life. The Secular Humanists (atheists) have taught that each person is his (or her) own god, and each one is right because there is no objective truth or right; do as you wish; no one can tell you what is right or wrong. When people have no answer, they turn to violence as their answer. That foments chaos and does no good to, or for,anyone. Society is then ripe for anarchy and revolution. It seems we may have reached that point our nation’s history. “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!” (Isaiah 5:20).

There must be laws and those laws must be enforced. Those who violate the laws must be punished. Law must be respected and obeyed by all, both citizen and non-citizen (Romans 13:1-7). Everyone is not always right. Some people are wrong. Some people seem to lack the ability to think logically and draw conclusions based on evidence. Many live on emotion alone. Many are filled with hatred so deep that they seek to do away with those who oppose, or disagree, with them. America has, indeed, been “dumbed down.”

There is a perfect, objective standard that is right and cannot be wrong. It is God’s standard of truth—His divine word,the Bible—specifically, the New Testament (John 17:17; John 8:32; 2 Timothy3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4). Using this standard of truth as the basis for all conduct and thinking, mankind may elevate himself to a level where he respects and, yes, even loves, his fellowman (Luke 10:27). This nation, and the world,needs to recognize and respect the love of God and the law of God. We need to demonstrate God’s sacrificial love to one another. We need God’s standard of morality and His high code of conduct and respect for one another that we should treat others as we would wish to be treated (Matthew 7:12). To follow that high moral code would go a long way toward healing wounds, saving lives,bringing order out of chaos, lowering crime, and saving souls.

 Many years ago, someone wrote, “A Better World Begins With Me!” The only way things will improve is if each person begins to realize this truth, then set about to help it happen.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do,and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9).          

Should “Custom” Prevail As Law?

It is disturbing and worrisome to me that we have, within the Lord’s church, those who are so deeply committed to customs and man-made traditions that they might hurt the church over matters of opinion and option, not matters of doctrine. They appear to defend and demand long-held practices that are matters of mere choice as though what they defend and demand is stated doctrine in Scripture. They think their personal likes should reign over any changes in matters of judgment or optional expediency. They want their long-held practices in matters of judgment to prevail over any change in those matters, such as (for example): time of services or order of worship, etc. Any deviation from their “norm” (custom) is uncomfortable and looked upon by them as being “unscriptural” when, in fact, it is not unscriptural. What these brethren fail to realize is that by demanding their way in such matters they actually denominationalize the church. They turn it into a denomination. They would probably be horrified to hear this said of them. Nevertheless, it is the case. Jesus addressed this: “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'” Matthew 15:7-9.