Happy Memorial Day! As I sit at my laptop the world around me is silent. Rather un-nerving for a Monday morning as I am accustomed to street noise in abundance on Monday's even in my rural neighborhood. I'm about to hop on my bike and seek out a cup of coffee and a bran muffin. Before Id od I thought I would share a few thoughts from the talk I gave at DBBC yesterday. It's been a while since anything I said solicited such positive response.
First of all, let me say that I do not have a problem with celebrating freedom and honoring our fallen heroes at church. If any one understands sacrifice it is our Heavenly Father. He also sent His Son off to battle, as have many of our families, only to see Him lowered from the cross limp and lifeless. Thankfully, He was raised to life and will never die again and so is the case for all believers who die on the battlefield. As long as we honor His sacrifice first and foremost I whole heartedly honor our fallen.
Secondly, I said, that the freedom these men and women have died to protect is in jeopardy. Our founding fathers did not assemble a constitution capable of governing immoral people. At its center is the idea that Americans would continue to be a people who always recognize that our freedoms are God given and are the rightful privilege of a moral and religious people. Over and over the statesman of early America would express our dependence on God and not government to attain success and perpetuate freedom. Now immorality is honored by an unbelieving America and those with Christian values and who acknowledge absolute truth are narrow minded and politically and socially incorrect. Our laws were not written to govern such a world view. Our role in the world is diminishing in importance as our belief in a sovereign God wanes. The nations influence in world affairs has greatly suffered as we have presented a nation divided to others who have looked to us for strength and leadership.
We are in a social conflict that may have greater consequences that any civil disorder in our history. We are divided along two world views. One is the "God is" camp and the other "God isn't." If God is ...then human life is sacred, morality is right, partnerships between a man and a woman are forever and God's Word is still as relevant as the day it was written. If God isn't... human life is accepted in greater degrees of importance and sacredness based upon age or ability, partnerships between men and women are for the convenience and pleasure of each until someone else more suitable is encountered, and the Bible is at best a book of myths and folklore of an ancient people but not relevant for modern man.
Because the conflict and its results are so incredibly important I will continue to speak to the issues. In this year of electing national leaders I believe those who are in the "God is" camp should be involved and in prayer. I had more to say yesterday, but I'm longing to hit the road on my bike and enjoy some of my day off before reality sets in again tomorrow. If you want to hear the whole talk go to www.dbbc.org and scope out the pastors talks section. It should be posted in a couple of days. Have a great week.
Born to ride,