Christians vs. Society

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

From Pastor Becker’s heart to yours…..

“But choose capable men from all the people, men who fear God, men you can trust, men who hate corruption. Put them in charge of groups of 1,000, or 100, or 50, or 10 people. (Exodus 21:18)

Matthew Henry (1662 – 1714) comments on this verse: “That great care should be taken in the choice of the persons who should be admitted into this trust; they must be able men, etc. It was requisite that they should be men of the very best character, For judgment and resolution—able men, men of good sense, that understood business, and bold men, that would not be daunted by frowns or clamours. Clear heads and stout hearts make good judges. For piety and religion—such as fear God, as believe there is a God above them, whose eye is upon them, to whom they are accountable, and of whose judgment they stand in awe. Conscientious men that dare not do a base thing, though they could do it ever so secretly and securely. The fear of God is that principle which will best fortify a man against all temptations to injustice. For integrity and honesty—men of truth, whose word one may take, and whose fidelity one may rely upon, who would not for a world tell a lie, betray a trust, or act an insidious part. For noble and generous contempt of worldly wealth—hating covetousness, not only not seeking bribes nor aiming to enrich themselves, but abhorring the thought of it; he is fit to be a magistrate, and he alone, who despiseth the gain of oppressions, and shaketh his hands from the holding of bribes.”

In the years preceding and following the American Revolution, many sermons were preached on this passage of Holy Scripture. That such exhortations no longer obtain in the vast majority of Christian congregations accounts in no small measure for our national malaise. I encourage all of us in our family gatherings, small study groups and conversations with friends and neighbors to raise these concerns often in the coming days. Christians living in the light of Jesus’ resurrection dare not be manipulated by the secular media, political advertising, or the pronouncements of those who fear men rather than God. Of the first Christ-followers it was said, “…These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,“ Acts 17:6

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!
Pastor Paul Becker

Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things from Your law. Psalm 119:18