One Nation, Under God?

The nation of Israel wanted to be like the other nations around it. It wanted to follow the example of the way of the world. It wanted a king. But God, in His wisdom, said, "No, I am your king. You are to serve me alone." God warned them that a king would oppress them. "When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day." (1 Sa 8:18)

Many religious organizations across our nation are following the example of Israel. Many churches want to be like the people around them. They want to adopt man-made creeds and run their churches like some type of government, instead of using the Bible as the blueprint for their churches. Both church and government are adopting viewpoints on topics such as sexuality, drugs, and abortion that clearly defy the scriptures. It is difficult for Christians to respect or condone the policies and actions of many government and church leaders. The increasingly lenient guidelines offered by modern man make the Bible seem rigid in comparison.

Why am I so adamant about the superiority of the scriptures? God's plan has built-in safeguards to help Christians live up to the rigid standards in the Bible. The Bible tells us how to live a life of service to God and to others. It gives us very detailed instructions on how to make and carry out decisions and plans. The Bible even tells how to judge whether we have succeeded with our plans, using God's standards, not ours. When we make mistakes, the Bible tells us what to do about our failures and our shortcomings. It tells us how the precious blood of Jesus can wash away our sins. It tells us how to improve ourselves and how to serve the Lord better. By following the lessons found in the Bible, we can know true joy and peace in our lives.

Our government and many churches, on the other hand, do not attempt to deal with our human shortcomings. They simply tell the masses to do what they want as long as they aren't hurting anyone else. Let us pray that our nation will cry out to God for relief from the lifestyle it has chosen. Let us pray that our nation cries out to God while He will still hear its plea. We must be on guard that our church does not succumb to conventional wisdom that claims, "If everyone else is doing it, it must be OK."

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