For one thing, our forebearers did not have instant communication, social media and television. In many ways, I think they were lucky. We have 24/7 means of getting the news every day, and unfortunately, it isn't just news any more. It is heavily laced with opinion. With this constant barrage of information (some accurate and some not), it is easy to get upset. This is one reason I try to limit my time on T.V.
In addition, the rising tide of animosity between people of different races, and political persuasions has given in to violence and shouting rather than reasonable discourse. No more polite exchange of ideas. Instead, all we hear about are senseless murders of police officers, bystanders, and the tearing down of historical statues. Yet, none of this will solve the problems of mankind. Revising history by removing statues does not change what is wrong with our nation or world. The bottom line is sin.
Romans 3:23 says: "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." Then, go back to verses 10-18: "as it is written: 'None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.'" In these last few verses, Paul quotes various Scriptures to describe man's sin and the consequences of it in terms of his behavior. Sounds almost like today's headlines doesn't it? We should not, therefore, be surprised at what is happening around us, but the solution is not more government or social programs. Tearing down statues, revising history, planning demonstrations or dressing like ninjas and carrying baseball bats will not improve our lives. The ONLY thing that can bring about right relationships with others comes when we get into right relationship with God. Repentance, prayer and receiving the forgiveness of God for our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ is the only answer for what ails the world. We all need a heart change.
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If we believe that God is all powerful, all knowing and sovereign over all the world, then we must trust in Him when it comes to those in leadership. There have been many leaders over the years of my life that I have not particularly liked or agreed with, but I have always prayed for them because God placed them in that position for His plans to be carried out. Christians, we are called to pray for those who lead our nation, our communities, our churches. Bending the knee to pray has more power than all the armies of the world. God can do what we cannot.
Finally, we have to be in the Word of God daily because this book tells us the truth about ourselves and God. Listening to opinionated newscasters will not calm our hearts but the Bible will. We owe it to ourselves to be transformed by the renewing of our minds each day that we may be conformed to God's will....not ours. This is why I call for us all to be students of the Bible, prayer warriors for our world, nation and leaders. Then, let us be the ambassadors of the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is how we can bring about a change that will last and bring glory to God. Selah!