1 Peter 1:23-25
Something happened somewhere along the way. At one time the Word of God was the pinnacle of our society. Nothing was welcomed that did not align itself wholeheartedly with the Word. We used to cherish it as the seat of wisdom. We read, memorized and implemented it daily. Our decisions were governed by it. Our choices were influenced by it. Our children were taught it, both by voice and deed. We would never even consider questioning it’s authority. Today we regard it as questionable at best, if it’s even regarded at all. What was once treated as sacred is now thought of as sacrilege to our intellectually elite society. To believe that
there is only one way to live and conduct our lives is to be quarantined in a land of make believe and fools errand. Only the ignorant would propose such a dastardly line of thought. We once exalted the Bible as the Holy, inerrant, sacred testimony of God to man. We lifted it up as the only authority in our conduct with God and man. We now ignore it all together as we allow this foreign world in which we live to instruct us in it’s own self serving way of life.
We grew used to the Word. Our parents held it in such high esteem. We felt that they were overbearing in hindering our carnal pursuits, so we loosened the reigns on ourselves and our children. We now find that we have devolved to a boredom with the Word. Our preachers tell powerless stories of how to help each other, using fleshly programs and theories to try to attract individuals to our congregations. Not imploring souls with the Word of God, but instead manipulating emotions with the philosophies of man. Adding a dash of spirituality to remain somewhat ecumenical but paying close attention not to exceed the societally accepted threshold of religious tolerance. We may lose our standing in social circles if we push too far into the realm of faith and eternity. We cannot saddle our children with moral absolutes. They must be able to think for themselves, we say. All the while we are doing exactly what we attempt not to do. We are imposing on them a moral philosophy of our own making. A philosophy that is vehemently opposed to any submission to God’s sovereign authority. We are ingraining in them a careless, disrespectful view of the Word. We are proclaiming to them that there is no value and merit in the pursuit of the Word. They desperately need us to provide them with answers, the only effective means of thriving in this life. The knowledge of our creator and our purpose as His created. Our great and terrible need for Him, and His immense and tender love for us.
We have got to stem the tide of moral weakness in our families. This must first start with us as individuals. Do I believe in an amazing grace that saves and restores even the most immoral of all individuals? Unequivocally, yes. Do I also believe that if we as believers live in direct conflict to God’s commands that we will suffer from our decisions? Unequivocally, yes. We must take a firm stand against immorality in our individual lives and pass that on to our families, instilling in our children a thorough understanding of what it means to live in the Spirit. When we lead our families to believe that life is made up of gaining all the treasures and experiencing all the pleasures that this world offers, we are setting them up for a most destructive life. We must pass on to our children and those in our circle of influence that life is about obeying our Father and storing up for ourselves treasure in heaven. Treasure that money cannot buy. Lives free from the struggle of sin, free from the pain of sorrow and loss. Perfect communion with our Lord. Perfect rest. This life is not all there is. Eternity awaits us. Let us live with that understanding ever on our hearts and in our minds. The only thing that endures in this life is His Word. May we place our hope and faith in nothing else.