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Turning Our Back on God

2 Timothy 4:4

They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Life ChangeMy how the times – they are a changing. I’m old enough to remember not locking our doors and leaving the keys in the car in the driveway. You can’t do that today. At least not in most communities. Do you live in an area where you feel safe doing this?

It seems like our society is going from bad to worse – and that shouldn’t surprise us. We live in a godless society – where even some of the religious groups aren’t sure about their view of God and moral absolutes. We are becoming a lost people.

In 2011 – the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords – an Arizona Congresswoman – as well as 14 others with 6 being killed – focused us on the darkness of our world and society. That was 8 years ago. It doesn’t seem that long. How many mass shootings have happened in those 8 years?

Comments were flying in 2011 about expecting this type behavior in other countries – but not in America. Fingers were pointed to the left and to the right – politically. Few people in the news hit the nail on the head. Behavior like this is a sign of a society that has turned their back on God. We are running as fast as we can it seems away from God.

The same thing can be said about the devastation that happened this past week in New Zealand. At last count – 50 people were lost in a recent mass shooting. Everyone tried to point the finger on others – on guns – on politicians – even politicians in America. The problem again – is that society – the world – is turning their back on God. It is that simple.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 – 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Colossians 2:8 – 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.

We are called to be ambassadors of Christ. Our faith is supposed to impact society – rather – what often happens – is society impacts our faith. There are less absolutes – when the philosophy of the world is followed – and thus – society makes up its mind about right and wrong – and the world – event the church – seems to follow. If God is not our foundation – we have no ROCK to build our lives on – and the sinking sand will take us all under.

Matthew 7:24-27 – 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But 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. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Am I off target – or is this – and other tragic events – a result of a society that is turning their back on God? It doesn’t have to end this way my friends. We are told – if we repent and turn back to God our nation can be healed.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I’m not suggesting that the answer to the evils is simple – but it is turning from God – and if we turn back to God – we will be blessed. The evil and hatred are because we have turned our back on God. We can turn back!

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

March 18, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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