Should we prepare for the future? Absolutely! Should we try to predict the future? Only if you’re a fool. We can no more predict the future than we can determine our future. We can most certainly effect our future, but we are not in control of it. This may seem obvious to all of you, however if you read or listen to the news each day you would think some of these “experts” each had their own special crystal ball. Many would consider King Solomon the smartest man to ever live and he was wise enough to know we cannot know what the future holds:
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)
The shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last weekend has brought every type of expert and pundit out from under every sort of academic and professional rock. If I hear one more nonsensical explanation for what happened my head is going to explode. What drove James Holmes to go on a murderous rampage is a simple concept; he is evil. How he got to that point is also a simple concept; he let evil have its way.
All of us are capable of unspeakable evil should we stop resisting the devil and our own flesh. God instructs us on this through the Prophet Jeremiah:
In this day of social media, I could spend the whole day countering political baloney and theological blasphemy if it actually paid to do so. The amount of written tripe being spewed out onto the pages of Facebook and Twitter seems infinitesimal and one can barely overcome the sense of need to counter all of it. The problem is most times your counter arguments fall on deaf ears or worse yet return a vicious and vitriolic attack upon you. The Bible gives clear warning about this:
“Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.” (Proverbs 23:9)
Random House Dictionary defines providence as “the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.” Of course we who believe the Bible to be inerrant and infallible would submit nature under God. After all, did not Jesus calm the stormy sea?
The Bible does not use the actual word providence; instead it teaches the doctrine of providence. The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology explains there are three aspects of God’s providence.
Fear can strangle us or we can at least suffer from what many call the paralysis of analysis. Beginning on Friday I will begin writing on the fear of man because I believe we do so more than we realize.
I have taught my children to live by the rule that if you cannot justify an action in 30 seconds, then it is probably wrong. You see, there are no gray areas in my life. Oh there used to be plenty! But I’ve learned that there is right and wrong, and I don’t know. My associate pastor Pete Belmain shared with a few men at my house a couple of Sundays ago that he experienced tremendous freedom in coming to the conclusion that it was okay to say, “I don’t know.” I’ve taught my children, and I am still learning, that we can go to God’s Word for guidance and trust His promises within because they are sure. You can count on them; you can take them to the bank. King Solomon knew this as well as anyone:
Note: This series titled “Trusting God” is dedicated to Rob & Vicki Mims. Karen and I love you very much and are praying for you guys. Your dedication to each other and to your children are an inspiration to us and all others who know you.
Our future is uncertain in a number of ways. One of the greatest challenges a Christian faces is trusting God with the future. We look forward down the road trying to imagine what a new job, a new location, or a new child for that matter, is going to be like and all types of fears can come to us. We begin fretting about what God has planned for us. We say we know we can trust Him with the steps ahead and yet we can’t help but want to know what those steps are. We acknowledge God’s goodness and sovereignty and yet we still wonder what He’s up to. Many a Christian’s life verse or passage is:
In this week’s The Truth Newsletter I write about the Injustice of Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. Men and women who are in seats of power who are not governing from a foundation of righteousness will almost always make poor if not lawless decisions. And when I say lawless I mean any decision, or law for that matter, that violates God’s law. Obamacare is theft and the Eighth Commandment clearly commands against stealing.
Lawlessness from judges is not a 21st Century phenomenon; it’s not exclusive American History. It has been in effect for centuries. King Solomon observed:
Our men’s ministry at Midway Baptist Church has had the blessing and privilege of hearing this strong man of faith preach. His church is our sister church and this pastor is a close, personal friend of our pastor, Dr. Dennis Brunet. These mighty warriors have stood in the trenches opposing evil and both ministries are being blessed because of it. Please share this video with all your friends.
Justice is required of us; that is we who call ourselves Christians. Making righteous decisions is only optional in that we can obey or disobey, but the requirement and God’s standard for justice is unchanged regardless our decision or disagreement. God is God and we are not. We can use our wisdom to explain away a grievous decision made by the Supreme Court, but we would judge incorrectly because we are using the wrong measurement. When chalking out a football field you don’t guess at a 50×100 yard playing service and 10 yard end zones, you measure it, and then chalk it. Anything else would be unacceptable.
If you did measure out a football field just by guessing how big it should be, it would be immediately apparent to even the least experienced fan that something wasn’t right. When we use our standard and human reasoning to make decisions, the Holy Spirit within in us lets us know that something isn’t right. David asked two simple questions we should use to inquire of ourselves:
The latest Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare so enraged many a person because justice was not served. Now you will hear many a pundit lavishing praise on Chief Justice John Roberts’ brilliance in his majority opinion for its political wisdom, but that’s politics, not justice. I will be writing on this ruling in this week’s The Truth Newsletter, but I want to explore Biblical justice.
How should we as Christians approach justice? Of course we must look at God’s view of it. We desire justice, somewhat foolishly I might add, because we only desire justice in others’ lives. But how does God view justice?
I’m looking at my brother-in-Christ Brian Ward’s new and improved website Boogai.net and reading the headlines there is not a means of starting your week off on a positive note (at least not all of the headlines). The Obama Administration has once again misused the executive orders powers to bring more tyranny to government. The State of California has laid off 32,000 teachers but can somehow afford to spend 3.2 billion (as in “B”) dollars on a new high-speed rail line. And the government has put more employees out of work through new regulatory burdens. Blue, blue Monday.
But Brian would tell you that we need not despair. You see Brian is not only the owner and proprietor of this excellent website, but more importantly he is a pastor who knows of and preaches about the sovereignty of Almighty God. And at our church we are doing a study on Nehemiah and Nehemiah understood who God was, even amongst the most trying times:
I do not think it a stretch to say our nation has become overall weaker than it once was. Whether it be economically, militarily, morally, or socially, the United States of America is not as strong as it used to be. How has this happen? Without a doubt the last three or so years under the Obama Administration has done much to weaken our nation. But that is the symptom, not the sickness. Electing and appointing unrighteous men and women to serve in the halls of government will always end up with a most destructive and despotic leader/ruler. But the issue is even deeper than that.
Our pulpits have been too silent for too long. Pulpits long ago stopped preaching against sin and a reliance of King Jesus and have preached a prosperity gospel that displays the Savior as some motivational coach to live your best life now. WE the People long ago, as a society, left the path of righteousness for a way of individualism, paved with self-esteem and lined with the poison of political correctness. King Solomon reminds us:
Two hundred thirty-six years ago today our nation declared its independence from the tyranny that had become the British Crown and Parliament. No longer would the colonists subject themselves to the enslavement of a despotic government unrighteous in all its governance. For too long the American colonists’ future was shrouded in darkness and yet the flame of liberty burned within their souls. This fire was stoked by a desire for economic independence and a religion that taught liberty as a central theme.
And not only was liberty a religious theme, it was a civic right bought for us by the price of Jesus’ blood. The Prophet Isaiah proclaimed:
A nation without a moral compass is one devoid of liberty. Any country that allows the wanton enslavement, murder, and taxation of its citizens is one in violation of the laws of Nature and Nature’s God. The purpose of government is to protect the unalienable rights of the people. What does that word, unalienable mean (now known as in modern English as inalienable)?
Random House Dictionary defines it as “not transferable to another or capable of being repudiated.” Rights cannot be given nor denied by the government. Any law that violates the unalienable rights of the people is an immoral law; it is an un-law. John Locke was a 17th Century philosopher who greatly influenced our Founding Fathers. He wrote this about natural law and natural rights:
Since Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare, I have seen all manner of exposition and explanation for why Chief Justice John Roberts’ ruling was brilliant. I have been asked if I want conservative judges, oppose liberal judges, want those that are Republican, and oppose those that are Democrats. Do I want originalists and oppose activists.