"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this…” __?__ (question). Do you know what document contains these words that I just read? It could just be that your life—and the life of your children– depends on it!
John Jay was one of America’s Founders who would become the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His great wisdom guided us in those early years as our Constitution was being tested. His understanding of liberty and how it passed to the next generation is so powerful—and pertinent to our present day. He wisely stated:
“…But let it be remembered that whatever marks of wisdom…may be in your constitution, yet like the…forms of our first parents before their Maker breathed into them the breath of life, it is yet to be animated…From the people it must receive Continue reading →
While in Washington recently, I heard alarming statistics about our nation. But the most alarming stats were not about government: They were about churches, and particularly Pastors. According to a Barna survey conducted in connection with Wallbuilders ministry, only 28% of the churches now believe that the Bible is absolutely true. 90% of the Pastors in those Bible-believing churches say they believe the Bible speaks to current issues. But get this: 90% of those Pastors have never preached from the pulpit what the Bible says about the issues of our land!
Pastors’ AWOL attitude concerning civil government is the reason God’s people don’t know that they must be the ones to watch over civil government, in order to protect the right of the truth to flow to the next generation. Thus, we’re having trouble deciding if marriage is between a man and a woman only; and if it should be protected by government. We’re having trouble deciding if homosexuality is a choice or a trait, when we used to be convinced that it was a crime. We’re even wondering if boys in school should get to use the girls’ bathroom!!
Pastors, if civil government is God’s institution—and Romans 13:1 makes it plain that it is—then should not those of us called to teach the Bible be the ones to reveal the Biblical Structure and Spirit by which government must operate? Is that not logical? Is that not right? Continue reading →
In 2007, a lady from Argentina cried out to us in America and said, “We pray you people of the United States stand up and hold on, for we are counting on you to defend our freedom.” Does that not make you feel a great responsibility? It certainly should!
While we go about enjoying our prosperous lifestyles the rest of the world longs for the opportunity to be able to compete in the market place without the interference of an oppressive government. While we use our abundant free time for every conceivable pleasure known to man, the rest of the world only dreams of having a work day that didn’t last from daylight to dark every day. While we use our freedom to frequent golf courses, ballgames, and shopping malls, most people on earth long for enough freedom just to teach their children how to keep body and soul together.
Am I saying prosperity is wrong? No! Is liberty wrong? No! They are gifts from Almighty God. But how we use them can easily be wrong. Liberty and prosperity are not about our pleasure and comfort! They are about getting the truth—the Gospel—to the next generation and to whomever else we can in our short stay here on earth. The Bible says Continue reading →