Two Views

My wife and I watched the State of the Union address last night and some of the commentary afterward. After the official Democratic rebuttal, one of the commentators said there were two distinctly different views of America offered between both sides. Both see their side as right and the other as foolish.

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved. -1 Corinthians 1:18 (CSB)

The comment last night about two different views on the same subject got me thinking about the two prevalent world views we have: one with God and one without. To those of us who are Christian, we see the moral decay of America (and the world) as a bad thing that is harmful to humanity and an affront to God. The world, however, sees this decay as some sort of freedom from religious tyranny and refers to much of the immorality as “acts of love.” Sadly, this world of unbelievers sees us as fools. Yet, the moral decay of any society has always preceded its destruction. Who is really being foolish?

So what can we do to change this dismal world view of us and our beliefs/values? Witness. Tell our stories. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. -Romans 1:16 (CSB)

We as Christians know that the motivating factor for God’s law is His incredible love for us. As Christians, we are not a glum lot opposed to laughing, loving and having fun when we can. We are opposed to acting in a manner that is contrary to God’s law for us and often causes us to do harm to ourselves.

Jesus made me an offer I could not refuse. I thought I had it ‘going on’ in my younger years. I was on a path of destruction. He saved me from that. I found out that the things I thought were sometimes ideas planted by demons to convince me I was unworthy of God’s love and would never be able to have a personal relationship with Him. Satan, who often mixes lies with truth (2 Cor. 11:14-15) to make his stuff seem more believable was right about one thing: by myself, I am unworthy. Fortunately, Jesus died on the cross for me and took care of all that. It wasn’t just me He died for, it was you too. Are you aware of that?

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