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The Good Old Days

Matthew 7:26-27

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

RayMcDThe majority of this piece was written some 13 years ago. I have brushed it up a little but it stands today as truth.

Have we ever heard someone talk about the good old days? When they say this – normally they mean the morals and values of yesteryear. Of course not all values of the past were good. Racism – although still an ugly part of our society was much worse – IMHO – in years gone by. Women’s rights – although not what they should be today – were at times worse in days gone by. I’m sure there are others we could mention as well. But in general – in days gone by – one could leave their door unlocked at night and the keys in their car without fear of them being broken into or walk the streets day or night without much fear.

One of my favorite TV shows of all time is The Andy Griffith Show. I grew up watching Andy – Opie – Barney – Aunt Bea and the whole drew in Mayberry. Times were good on this show and even the unchurched were fairly moral and had values in Mayberry. This show took place during the 50’s & 60’s just a few states south of us.

I wish that the troubles Opie had would be the troubles our youth would get into today. Unfortunately – our youth – and our society as a whole – are far beyond the sins of Mayberry. Our communities use to resemble Mayberry’s morals and values. I can remember growing up near here. As a matter of fact – I can remember watching Mayberry as a child. How did we get to the place we are today? How have we become so corrupt and sinful?

A 1994 survey conducted by Josh McDowell’s ministry team showed some startling results. The study showed that among churched youth from 11-18 – within the last three months: 66% lied to a parent – teacher – or another adult – 59% lied to one of their peers – 36% cheated on an exam – and 23% intentionally tried to hurt someone. Additionally it showed that 55% have engaged in sexual behavior by age 18 – 50% say they are stressed out – and 55% say they are confused. Remember – these were the churched youth! And 26 years ago!

Something fundamentally wrong has happened in our culture that is shaking the very foundation of our society – especially our youth. The ground work isn’t being laid properly – the foundations aren’t sound. And the walls are being raised out of plumb. The crash will be great if we don’t correct the problem soon. We’re building our lives on the sand instead of the rock. We all remember what the Word says concerning this – don’t we?

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. Matthew 7:26-27

Our society is moving away from Absolutes. Things that even our society wouldn’t have thought of years ago are commonplace today. We were once one nation under God but have almost become just another nation in the world. Traditional Biblical truths are being eroded and watered down. The Judeo-Christian values most of us were raised with are being undermined.

Most of our youth lack the most basic moral perspectives that previous generations took for granted. If it feels good – do it is the philosophy of the day. And the me generation follows it to a tee.

What about the church? Absolutes are being abandoned here too. Psalm 11:3 says; When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? The church is moving away from Absolutes, absolutes of the faith. Denominations are voting on issues these days that should never even come into question. Biblical truths that should never have been questioned are being brought into question by a sinful segment of the church. Biblical principles are being cast aside.

We have failed to listen to the wisdom God placed in His Word. As Colossians 2:6-8 puts it; So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Our foundation must be the Absolutes found in God’s Word. Truth doesn’t change or take a holiday. Situational ethics doesn’t work. We cannot decide on the fly what to believe. We must have a basic – absolute truth that can and has stood the test of time.

In time I will be preaching a series of sermons on the Absolutes. Come and hear what God’s Word calls absolutes. Take these teachings to heart and pass them on to the generations that follow. Who knows – we might be able to return to Mayberry’s morals and values yet. Wouldn’t that be grand?

I wrote this piece some 13 years ago and it still stands true today.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

February 16, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. excellent
    and it will stand in another 13 years


    Comment by Richard Reynnells | February 16, 2017 | Reply

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