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May God Grant You the Courage to Stand for the Truth

Before continuing with this message, I would like to share something I once wrestled with many years ago. Ask yourself this question. When I study Scripture, am I serious — or just curious. May I strongly suggest you take a moment to reflect on that question? It takes great courage to stand for truth no matter what the consequence.  

The Holy Bible tells us we cannot love the world and God at the same time. From The First Letter Of John, he asserts, (15) “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:15-16, KJV).

From the Boy Scouts of America, one memorizes the Scout Law:  A scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. When reflecting on decades of scouting, I am painfully aware of the difference between those boys that memorized the Law and those that learned (received) the Law. Even with the recent politically correct changes made in scouting, I stand by the Law as a guiding star when one is “lost” in the world. Back then, we would also remind the scouts that if they were confused and feeling “lost” in the world that according to God’s Word, if you draw near to God, He will draw near to you (James 4:4-8).

From the Holy Bible, one reads the Commandments of our God, our Creator. Chances are you read them but never memorized them, correct? If that is the case, then asking if you learned (received) them is a moot question. In either case, let you and I stand shoulder to shoulder on this first foundation stone — God Is Truth. I am often asked, “If God is Truth, then why is the world the way it is? My preferred short, honest, and respectful reply is — tradition. Tradition produces shallow worship. Tradition is natural, doesn’t create the fear of change; it is the fertile soil of complacency.  Sadly, after thousands of years, we still find when tradition meets Truth, a tradition more often wins out.  

Complaining all the time, trying this, trying that, but never once have we agreed to, and continued to live by Truth. Faith in our Lord Christ Jesus just “appears” too simple an answer to the leaders of the world. It is not too far of a reach to say that for our world leaders — dependence upon Christ Jesus for the supply and maintenance of life, despite thousands of years of documented history, is not and will never be a viable option. Here are a few feasible excuses to reflect on.  (1) Not a financially secure opportunity for world “leaders” (2) Can’t satisfy the ego of world leaders that crave political power (3) World leaders would have to abandon centuries of TRADITION and would be forced to develop, live by, and lead with the moral discipline commanded by our God. How very sad. I admit that being a true Believer is not easy, but it is simple! Fortunately, not all is lost yet. The truth will always win out in the end.  Praise God!
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