Thursday, October 3, 2013

Longing For The Good Old Days

When I write about how America was 50 years ago, it is not that I am longing to go back 50 years or even live during that time.  When I write about the good old days, I am longing for a moral society where couples stay together through thick and thin, children are obedient in school and listen to their teachers,  and families don't have to worry about their children being abducted.  

I am longing for purity, honesty, integrity, commitment, godliness, and morality.  A society where there is no Miley Cyrus' or Lady Gagas to pollute our young people.  Where movies have good moral stories to them instead of blatant sexual promiscuity and immodesty.  Where people know right from wrong and love their neighbors.  Where Christians are impacting society and society isn't impacting Christians.  I guess I am longing for heaven, that is all.

I know this world has had evil in it since Eve decided she wanted to be like God and ate the apple.  There will continue being evil until Jesus comes to take us home and makes all things new.  However, we, as believers in His powerful name, should look so different than the world.

People should be able to see the difference in our lives.  They should be able to look at us and see strong, healthy marriages.  Children who walk in integrity and Truth.  Homes that have the sweet aroma of Jesus, namely love without conflict and strife.  Employees who work hard for their employers and employers who are benevolent and kind. 

We should be salt and light in this world.  The world wants to see Christians who are not hypocrites, who live by the golden rule of loving God and loving others.  They are tired of those who preach one thing and live an entirely different way.

This is what I am longing for;  A people who are called by His name to start impacting society for good.  We have the power living inside of us to do this.  The Creator of the universe lives inside of us and promises us that we can do all things through Him.  Now just start believing it and living it.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, 
a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare 
the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
I Peter 2:9