Culture and the Bible

It is Time For Christians to Come Out of the Closet

Decades ago there was a common saying – “You can’t legislate morality.” This was a great deception that too many Christians fell for. Reason should have told them that somebody’s morality is always being legislated. Because the lie was bought hook, line, and sinker the anti-family, anti-God culture we live in today has been allowed to take over this great nation. Fortunately enough Christians woke up in 2016 to see our liberties were in danger and they went to the polls in large enough numbers to elect Donald Trump as President. So now we have a reprieve but it is one that won’t last unless Christians come out of the closet and make their voices heard everywhere from the local City Counsel to the State Legislature and on to the U.S. Congress. We can no longer afford to remain silent when we see our culture being ripped apart by abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. First we must get on our knees and ask God for mercy and forgiveness. Then we need to get up and get involved with our money and our action. There are many pro-family groups we can join or contribute to financially or both. A relatively new group – CIT (Cultural Impact Team) – is training Christians in their churches how to move the culture in the right direction. If your church doesn’t have one you can start one by contacting the Family Heritage Alliance and finding out how. It is time for Christians to unite and organize in a solid effort to take our country back for God. If we don’t act we will soon see a movement that strips us of all our religious freedoms because the anti-God culture will trump, through legislation, everything Christians believe in.

True History Needs to be Taught

Over the years history books have been changed so the truth has been skewed about America and its founding. No longer is the Constitution being taught and our founding fathers have been diminished so they are barely mentioned if at all. Instead large portions of the textbooks teach students what the left wants them to know and omits the parts they don’t. Is it any wonder that more and more parents are home schooling? They can get their hands on good text books and teach their kids that our country was founded on Christian principles. In fact many of our laws have been taken from the Old Testament. David Barton is a renowned historian who has gone back to the original documents and studied them. He has gone to churches and other organizations to teach the truth and how it has been transformed into a bunch of lies and propaganda over the years. We can get good information from other sources as well. A good scholar of the Constitution is Mark Levin and he has knowledgeable people on his show. It is a good idea to have a copy of it in your home and it should be read periodically so when leftist propaganda comes at us over the airwaves we can immediately discern it for what it is.

How To Detect a Counterfeit

One day a little boy asked his father, “Dad, how can you tell if something is false or not?” The father pulled a dollar bill out of his pocket and answered, “Son, do you see this? I learned how to tell counterfeit money from the real thing by studying this authentic dollar bill.” The man worked for the U.S. Mint so he had to study every detail of coins and other legal tender and he did this for years. After a while, when he saw a counterfeit it would jump right out at him. The same is true with the Word of God. When it is studied regularly for years a counterfeit will leap out at you. If a false shepherd or wolf shows up to teach another gospel you will immediately get warning signals. You will know that it isn’t true. This is how the truth will set you free.

A Nation That Turns From God Is Headed For Destruction

On a historic day in June of 1962 the Supreme Court removed prayer from the public schools. This began a downward trend in our culture over the years. Today we are seeing things that would have been unthinkable before this decision – abortion on demand, same-sex marriage and a sexual revolution that would make Sodom and Gomorrah look like a Sunday school picnic. Our nation has fallen victim to the pernicious lies of the devil. According to Romans chapter 1, a nation that turns away from God gradually sees its culture erode until final destruction is realized. This looks pretty hopeless for America, doesn’t it? But wait! Jesus gave us the solution. He said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life….” That means if we put our trust in Jesus alone, He has promised to give us life. Jesus is the Rock on which all truth is built. Without truth there can be no life. Jesus also said the truth will set us free. (John 8:31-32)

With this being said there are only two paths we can follow – the wide path that leads to destruction or the narrow path that leads to life. (Matthew 7:13-14) Satan is the one who came to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10-12) but Jesus came to give us abundant life. This is why it is so important to study the Bible. It is God’s road map for us and if we veer from it, we will crash sooner or later. Those who have sealed God’s Word in their hearts won’t be easily tripped up by the enemy because they will recognize him. To know the Word will help us recognize the voice of Jesus when He calls out to us. (John 10:27)

What Does the Bible Say About Money?

The Bible teaches us that all belongs to God and we are to be good stewards. It specifically warns us about debt. Psalms 37:21-22 – The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;  for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off. America has spent far more than it takes in over the years and has accumulated a massive debt of several trillion dollars. If we don’t get a handle on this we will eventually go the way Rome did and fall. What can we do about this? First we need to manage our own debt. Some of us need to cut up our credit cards. We need to live by this principle. Never buy anything we don’t already have the money to pay for. Two exceptions would be a house and a car. These are things we have to have. Anything else can wait – that vacation, that boat, or that four wheeler. These are privileges, not necessities. The Bible also teaches us about giving. America is blessed because we are one of the most giving nations in the world. Those who give will be given much. Acts 20:35 – “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” We should give cheerfully without expecting anything in return. 2 Cor. 9:7 – “Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We also need to use wisdom before giving money to anyone. Otherwise we may do more harm than good. That person may use it to gamble or buy strong drink instead of something beneficial. 1 Cor. 6:9-10 – Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled.  Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality,  thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom. Also we shouldn’t give aid to anyone who is able to do for themselves because to do so would enable them to be irresponsible. 1 Tim. 5:8 – Certainly if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith.