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Thursday, November 18, 2004
Where We Stand?
Topic: Freedom

When we look at today’s world events, we see that our living style has changed over the generations. Throughout the years, our moral standards have also changed. If we look into our governmental systems, we will see that many laws have been added or taken away to make brand new laws for the people to follow. For example, God, in the early days of creation, established the law of marriage that it should be between one man and one woman. Today, in this twenty-first century, we see that the people want to redefine God’s law of marriage stating that any union, including some same sex unions, should be acceptable.

So we must ask ourselves these questions: Where do we stand and where are we on this issue? Is our world becoming a Sodom and Gomorrah ? The book of Genesis tells us that many ungodly people had been drinking, eating, and have some same sex marriages until God judged the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah .

While still living in the midst of this world’s standard, God tells us that we must not give up our identities to the world. Instead, we must continue to hold on to God’s moral standard of living. When we read the book of Genesis, we see that God’s standard was opposed by Isaac’s son, Esau. God blessed Jacob to be the father of the nation because of his desire to know God; and God rejected Esau because he decided to live his own way.

Although the moral standard of the world may be pleasing to us, it is not pleasing to God. Even though John 3:16 tells us that God loves the world, He is making reference to His love for the people and not to the pleasure of this sinful world. Jesus came to the world because He wanted to save His people from their sins. He wanted to rescue His people from the Prince of this world, Satan. First Peter 3:l8a says, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…”

We must ask ourselves this question: Where do we stand? We have two choices, we may live moral life or immoral life as Psalm 1 declares. All people are born from different ethic and moral backgrounds. People from all around the world come to live in the bringing their beliefs with them. Some practice the rituals of Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. Some of them teach to hate people or other religious people. Others might teach their people to love and care for others.

If we look at the religion of Islam, we see that their moral standards are totally opposite of what Christianity teaches, for example, in Christianity, Jesus teaches us to love each another while Islam teaches to hate anyone that is opposed to Islam. Unfortunately, the command to love each another is not in full operation in , even though its laws were established on godly moral principles. Because our constitution states that we accept all people and their rights to worship in their own way, we have opened the door to the moral decline of this country.

Even though we believe that this country is a Christian nation, it doesn’t mean that we are free from God’s judgment. He will begin to judge those who are in the House of God first. He will judge us according to what we have done with our gift of salvation. I do believe that He will judge us according to His moral standard. Paul says in II Timothy 4:8, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Where do we stand? Jesus warned us that there will be only two ways to have eternal life, one way will lead us to eternal life with Him or eternal death with Satan.

Most of today’s preachers teach more on world ethics and moral standards of living, such as having a good marriage, stewardship, and family life. These teachings are good, but there is more than just having a successful life. Throughout the Bible, God teaches us how to have a successful life by having a relationship with Him. God wants to have a relationship with us. To have a successful life, doesn’t mean that God doesn’t care about our marriages, finances and family, but without Him it’s in vain.

This world was created by the hand of God and He created us to enjoy it and to have relationship with Him. Although Satan destroyed God’s creation, it doesn’t mean that he can rule our souls. Satan’s moral standard has no limits, but God’s standard for us has boundaries. God loves and cares for us; He wants us to learn His way of living.

Where are we? It’s our choice which way we want to live. Although is considered a Christian nation, it doesn’t mean that all the people living in are Christians, only those who accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Some have other values for their life, but, it’s our decision to choose how we should live our lives.

Posted by MGJC Web Ministry at 12:01 AM EST
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