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We Give--We Don't Take
As a whole, our society is very selfish and self-absorbed. We see it on billboards and in advertisements, commercials, Hollywood and, sadly, our political leaders. It’s everywhere and the philosophy is continuing to grow to the point that if you disagree with someone, especially concerning their lifestyle, you are a hater, a bigot, and you don’t understand; basically, you are an awful person for merely disagreeing. This culture speaks of respect, but does not respect any view that is not in line with its beliefs.
Ironically, the world wants to quote the Bible (though completely out of context) and say things like: “Who are you to judge?” “Only God can judge.” or “God tells us not to judge.” Isn’t it amazing that so many try to quote the Bible, even though they don’t believe it? Regardless of what the world says, however, we must be willing to stand up for our beliefs and be bold about it -- not apologetic. There was once a time when two people could disagree and still tolerate each other, but not today.
We must know what we believe and we should get our beliefs from the Word of God (the Bible). If not, we will be blown about by every wind of doctrine -- every philosophy that the world conjures up to lead people away from the truth. We need to pray for discernment and ask God to help us stand for truth -- no matter what the world says. We need to be honest -- not only with others but also with ourselves. Selfishness leads us away from God, not toward Him.
In this very selfish world, let’s practice being givers and loving people enough to tell them the truth.
Just a Thought,
Published on Monday, September 14, 2015 @ 4:40 AM MDT
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