We just celebrated Independence day. There was a time when the values Americans shared were in one accord across this country. Indeed the scripture says the early church grew because they were all of one accord (Act 2:42-47).
I believe our church is one of the fastest growing churches in Louisiana, not because of the preacher, or the music, or the children’s or student ministries, or the counseling center, or the outreach to soldiers suffering from PTSD, or the two dozen other ministries we have for the family and community… No, It is because we are a family that pays no mind to how we are dressed, or from what side of the tracks one is born, or from what socio-economic background one has.
We are a family of like-minded believers that have the same concerns and values America had a long time ago - God, family and country.
At this church we try to instill values that a good church is not pious and standoffish, but rather, we are to try and see what we can do for each other (Love your neighbor as yourself). We believe the government is NOT supposed to take care of you, but rather WE are to take care of each other! We teach an honest days work for an honest days wage.
America needs to come back to its roots. We need to teach that there are moral absolutes!
Indeed the cry of liberalism across America is, “how dare you teach moral absolutes, you hypocrite!” Well let me tell you something, you are right, I am a hypocrite. We are all hypocrites, in the church and out of the church. However, it does not change the fact that there is a right and a wrong or moral absolutes.
What America needs to get away from is watered down values. Our children need to see us strive for those moral absolutes, and yes, we are going fall down at times, but those children need to see us get back up and try again!
They need to know mom and dad are trying to do what is right. The difference between trying and not trying is settling.
1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know you all run the race but only one wins the prize? Run in such a way as to win.”
Did you catch that? Paul is writing to the church at Corinth. God is not asking you and I to be perfect and win the race… He is saying “run in such a way as to win.” How liberating is that? God knows you and I are not perfect, and only asks us to do our best. Every day we are to strive to do our best. We’re to do our best with our spouse, with our kids, with our work, and in every endeavor we attempt. It is a biblical principle, and it used to be an American ideal.