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Vol.  10  No. 11 November 2008  Page 11                    powered by FreeFind

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Change

By Donald R. Fox

Donald R. FoxChange, change, we hear a lot about it. Change in what direction? For a gentleman that is very close to seventy-six years old, with over thirty-six years of service in the US Army, I can truthfully say, “I have seen too much change in the USA.” Much is said about climate change and what we have to do to get green, et cetera and ad nauseam; yet, most just yawn at our morality changes over the years.

To boil it down: We are more involved with secular things and are asleep at the steady deterioration of our basic moral fiber that was once the true strength of our nation. Change, you bet, but we are going in the wrong direction. Time to wake up and change our course. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12). “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine” (Psalm 33:18-19). “The blessings which He bestows upon those who acknowledge Him to be their God—blessings of care, protection, and deliverance in danger (Psalm 33:12-19). The psalm is thus one that is appropriate to the people of all lands and times, and will be better appreciated in proportion as people become more and more acquainted with God in the wisdom, the power and the skill which He has shown in the works of creation, and in His providential government of the world.” (Barnes Notes via e-Sword)

“Morality rests upon Law, Law is subject to the Authority of Morality: Law is the Basis of Morality, but yet Morality is the Standard of Law. Law is fixed for the moment, and Morality supposes its fixity: but Morality is a supreme and eternal Rule, which Law must recognize, Law must always attempt to conform to Morality.” (Page 331, Chapter XIX, Vol. I, The Elements of Morality, Including Polity, by William Whewell, published 1857)

OBSERVATION: It is interesting to note that in past years, God-fearing nations, to include the USA, understood that the Bible was the basis for the law of the land. Friends, our God is the Author of law! These laws are fixed! Man does not have the right to change these laws! “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King: he will save us” (Isaiah 33:22). “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).


A World of Dollars and No Sense

By Dean Kelly

Dean Kelly(Note: this title quote is taken from a line of a song by Jacky Jack White titled, “White Picket Fence” from an album entitled Music for the New South, ©Silverwolf Records 2008. I believe that Jack preaches for the Livingston Church of Christ in Livingston, AL)

Gas prices, utility bills, house payments, grocery bills, insurance payments, taxes everywhere, paying for bottled water, the money ends but the month goes on: we really do live in a world of dollars and no sense.

Problems in our schools—surely throwing more money at them will solve them? The “Gospel” for sale—give your money and you will truly prosper—it’s a “Gospel of prosperity.” Child abuse, wife abuse, rapes and murders, if we just spend more money on them they will get better—surely? Lie, cheat, steal, violate trusts, whatever it takes, as long as I come out ahead—and with the money. A world of dollars and no sense. Love? Only if it profits me. Respect? For the one with the most dollars only. Care? Caring about money and things, that is all that matters. Eternity? Can I buy my way to it? Truth? Whatever has the biggest dollar sign attached. Happiness? A big savings account. Success? A big savings account.

A world of dollars and no sense. Realizing that dollars are tools, that they are not the ultimate goal. Seeking truth at all costs. Spirituality that has nothing to do with dollars. Curing our problems with moral principles and not with dollars. Looking to God as the source of all that truly matters. Trying to make ours a world of dollars guided by common sense. Preparing to spend eternity in a place where dollars no longer exist. Realizing that living in this world of dollars is a temporary trip we make. Understanding that dollars will dissolve, but we will live on.

Looking for a world that makes ultimate sense, and where dollars do not matter.


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