Monday, 24 September 2012 00:00

I am not ashamed

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Across partisan divides, many will concede that this country was founded upon "Judeo-Christian Values" - that nebulous, but ubiquitous phrase describing the moral framework upon which the Founders erected our governmental structure.  Even "non-believers" recognize the Bible as the source to which many Founders turned for moral guidance.  In fact, many people who may not believe the Bible as truth today still recognize it as valuable for the moral lessons it teaches.

With that said, I am going to take this space today to share some of what the Bible has to say about morality and what happens when people ignore not just God's law, but the laws ever-present in nature as instilled by their Creator.  If any among us is an astute observer of nature, he will quickly recognize that there are certain immutable laws.  Any time there is a sowing, there is eventually a harvest.  Every action has a reaction.  For every choice, there is a consequence which may be good or bad.  Each of these things represent the equilibrium

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;" - Romans 1:16

This verse occurs before what is outlined in verses 21-32, which reveals why we (holders of truth) should not be ashamed and should be influencing the world around us:

21"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."

Take a moment to let all of that sink in. This passage was written nearly 2,000 years ago, yet it is a contemporary indictment of an America that has forsaken its founding faith.

Instead of my further commentary, read the selection again.  Those of us with knowledge of the truth should not be ashamed of it.  Because many have not shared the truth, we live in the debauchery of this day.

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