Wait on the LORD

ced556e83ed74433b480851ff285ae92“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the LORD.” (Psalm 27.14 KJV)

What calamity there is that seems to follow the man after God’s own heart. Here the king faces enemies within and without. He faces difficulty from both foreigner and family. Yet, in all of his calamity the king’s faith in Yahweh is every strengthened.

Those who think that the path for followers of God will be free of snares and pitfalls are sadly mistaken. When one determines to truly seek God’s face and walk in the plain path of His righteousness difficulty and assault will be an ever present foe.

In those times let the believer echo the confident faith of the king. Let us not fear. Be assured that our salvation is of the Lord. But, how can we in the midst of such difficult times? The king gives us the key. “Wait on the LORD … and He shall strengthen thine heart.” Yet, we say, “Wait!” Is that all that there is? Are we to simply sit idly by as the enemy encompasses us? Shall we delay action as our families forsake us? Is inaction the key?

Oh how asinine that sounds, and rightly so. Thinking the text implies such is to misread its truth. The king has so much more in mind when he says “wait.” To wait in this text speaks of action. “Wait” in the original carries the idea of binding together as if twisting or platting. It is as it were a knitting of the heart and soul of humanity to Yahweh. To wait on the Lord is an intentional action of binding our will and character to His. It is a seeking and intertwining of our will and emotions to the will and character of the Lord. Waiting here is a continual drawing near to God as He draws nearer to us. It is a basking in His presence and finding ever increasing strength for the battles of the day. So, when the difficulties come and the enemies of your soul seek to destroy you there is but one action for the believer and that is to, “wait on the LORD … and He will strengthen thine heart.”

Soli Deo Gloria,

Ronnie

I agree with Dr. Al Mohler on this one.

I agree with Dr. Al Mohler on this one. Post-Election Fight over the ‘Evangelical’ Brand | Christianity Today – Mozilla Firefox http://ow.ly/fANZw

Indoctrination, Sin, Good, & Critical Thinking

Comment:

Your enterprise of indoctrination fails to explain how a child can be kept away from god and still taught to be a good person, even one who avoids all the sins that you want to save your child from. Apparently god is not needed so your indoctrination is still just that, and an evil in and of itself because it robs that child of the skills of critical thinking.

Reply:

First, one is naïve to think that there is a vacuum in which indoctrination is absent. If I leave my children in the hands of government educators there is an agenda in the education process beyond the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Government run schools have a structured agenda of indoctrination towards secular humanism. In other words either I indoctrinate my children or I let someone else do it. I choose to indoctrinate my children with my beliefs and values rather than letting the government instill its values and beliefs in my children.

Second, children can be kept away from God and taught to value the mores and norms of society and be thought of as good decent people. However, the problem is our definition of good and the standard for that good. Based upon societal mores and norms good is a sliding scale as demonstrated by the premise of the new sitcom New Normal. What once was considered a horrendous taboo in society has increasingly become more accepted and normal, thus shifting the definition of good. Yet, if one understands that there is an absolute standard of good no matter what society may think or do good never changes. This is the biblical or theistic understanding. Biblically good is not determined by man but God. In fact good is not good enough because the biblical standard is perfection as demonstrated by the Ten Commandments. We may think a man is good even if he has told a lie, or stolen some insignificant item, or lusted after a person. We may say, hey that’s normal everyone does that. But, if the standard is perfect adherence to the whole law then we stand guilty before a holy and just God who has the right to sentence us to suffer the punishment of our crime.

Third, it is not the sins from which I want my children to be saved. It is the eternal consequences of sin from which I want them to be saved. That is something only God can do. He did deal with sin once for all through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ who live a sinless life and died on the cross suffering the penalty for sin and the wrath of God so that if I believe in Him I can be deemed not guilty before God.

Finally, critical thinking is not something that is absent from a Christian worldview. Critical thinking is in fact encouraged in the Bible. Believers are taught to test every doctrine and truth. The difference is the standard upon which our critical thinking rests. Critical thinking is determining what is true and false, what to believe or discard, and how to act in relation to those decision. All of these decisions are based upon our epistemological frame work. As you know, epistemology deals with knowledge and justified belief and those conditions necessary for each. I agree with Alvin Plantinga that belief in God is a properly basic belief and is the foundation of all true knowledge and justified belief. Upon this foundation my worldview is formed and my critical analysis of all truth is filtered.

Grace,

Ronnie

Don’t Sacrifice Your Children to Caesar

Recently the Pew Forum released a poll indicating that 1 in 5 adults claim no religious affiliation. That is nearly a 5% increase over the last five years. Even more unsettling is the fact that 1/3rd of adults less than 30 years of age claim no religious affiliation. Which the Pew Research Center indicated was an historical high.

The obvious question is, why? Why are these young adults increasingly disassociating with religion? One answer posited by the Pew Poll was generational replacement. Yet, there still seems to be a greater underlying reason for this new generation’s disassociation with religion. Even more interesting is the fact that 74% of those self-identified as unaffiliated were raised in some religious tradition. Moreover, 76% of the unaffiliated say prayer is important. Furthermore, 80% of Americans still have a strong belief in God.

So, why are these younger generations increasingly disassociating themselves with religious tradition? If one had the tenacity to wade through the text of the poll they would find a striking discovery that provides a clue. GSS data from Duke University was cited in the poll indicating that these younger generations were far less likely to have attended church on a weekly basis during their teen years. The same was true of their parent’s attendance.

Here in lies the problem. We have a generation of parents who have failed to pass on their religious values and zeal to their children. There is a great disconnect between parent and child when it comes to the issue of religion.  We are losing our children to a secular worldview perpetrated primarily by our government through public education and by the medium of entertainment. I agree with Dr. Voddie Baucham who says, “If you send your kids to Caesar for their education don’t be surprised when they come back as Romans.” Nearly 80% of evangelical children become unaffiliated by their first year in college. We are losing our children because we turn them over to the government for their education.

How do we fix this? We do what God’s word says and take back the reigns of education. We make spiritual education a daily part of our lives. We follow God’s command:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

(Deu 6:4-9 ESV)

I understand the context of this passage as it relates to the nation of Israel. However, the principle is pertinent to all believers. The responsibility for worldview development belongs to the parents. It is time that Christian parents take back their responsibility. The fundamental reason God instituted the family unit is so that He could have godly offspring (Malachi 2.15). Why do we willingly sacrifice our children on the altar of public education where they are constantly bombarded with beliefs that are contrary to God’s Word? Solomon reminds us that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1.7 ESV). Our founding fathers understood this and insisted that all education be based upon the foundation of Christianity. Let us stop selling our children’s souls to Caesar and start shaping their minds with the truth of the gospel of Christ. Let us take back our children’s education and present to the Lord godly offspring.

Grace,

Ronnie

Genius The Movie Trailer – YouTube

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Christianity Today Gleanings: Jamaica Bans Preaching on Public Buses—Even by the Pope

Christianity Today Gleanings: Jamaica Bans Preaching on Public Buses—Even by the Pope.

Jamaica’s government-run public transit system is banning evangelism to bus passengers because they are a “captive audience.”

Following complaints from some passengers, Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) issued a directive to its bus drivers “to ‘politely’ tell preachers that they could no longer trumpet their divine messages on the state-owned buses,” the Jamaica Gleaner reports …

 

Coming January 19th. Looking forward to

Coming January 19th. Looking forward to the SALT Conference 2013 « Tactical Faith – Mozilla Firefox http://ow.ly/frxGc