In this prosperous nation of ours – we like to have things our way. Our food, our dress, our entertainment..etc. We pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to have things our way. We pay an exorbitant amount of money for the things we love, for convenience. We make or break careers and businesses by where we choose to spend our money. We love our freedoms. And no matter how much Christian rhetoric would like us to believe otherwise… as Christians we live pretty cushy lives.
We can go to any church that tickles our fancy – not necessarily our conscious. We can stay and watch church service from the comfort of our own home. We can own one Bible or more, or none if we choose. We can use an electronic version. It makes it easier to keep an eye on text messages and social media under the guise of “follow along in your Bible.” We can attend Bible study in a private home without fear of any kind. We can hold church services in our homes without fear of persecution.
We can walk about in broad daylight, singing our songs, praising our God, if we so choose without breaking any laws. Not that people won’t think we are nuts, but that’s OK. We’ve become accustomed to the sight of people singing along to their music, oblivious to their surroundings.
So, a few Americans feel the Ten Commandants should not hang in public areas…that’s disheartening, but OK, because truthfully they, or rather the word of God – should be imprinted in the heart and mind of those that are in Christ Jesus (Matthew 23:26). The lack of public display does not take away – should not take away from our faith. Does it take away from the fact that we are a Christian nation? No. It’s the heart of the people that make us a Christian nation. And let’s face it – the heart of the nation has moved so far away from God – it’s going to take more than fighting to keep the Ten Commandments on public display – to change the heart of some people.
Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
So, we have hundreds of preachers and teachers coming into our home through church television. That’s a good thing, but we allow in the truth and the lie, because they sound so similar. Can you tell when you are listening to heresy? If you’ve never read the Bible, chances are you don’t. I tend to believe that’s the main reason motivational speakers make great pastors. People are attracted to the charismatic personality. They pour out this happy juice that makes one feel so blessed. All is good with the world. Sadly, when you have to swallow your first downer – bam! All is not good. Where is your faith then? Where is your god? You have to search the church channels to find someone passing out that happy juice that you so crave so you can survive another day.
The one where God told Hananiah “You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made in their place yokes of iron.”
Time to wake up! Y’all be blessed.