|Vol. 12 No. 12 December 2010||
Two men were talking about the relative merits of the automobiles they had just purchased. With good humor, each was giving reasons why he thought his car was better than the other. A mutual friend happened by, and they tried to enlist him in their friendly argument. “Which car would you rather have?” they asked. Not wanting to be drawn into the dispute, he merely said, “Oh, I don’t know. I suppose one is as good as the other.”
“One as good as another?” Maybe, regarding some things, but certainly not all things. Is one husband or wife as good as another? Is one house as good as another, or is one food as good as another?
The Bible teaches that Jesus built His one church, purchasing it with His own precious blood (Acts 20:28). That is the church about which we need to be concerned. One is added to this church as he expresses his love for Jesus and obeys His commands. Where are you, in the Lord’s church, or in some other?
Ernest S. Underwood
In David’s song of thanksgiving when the tabernacle was brought to Jerusalem, we find these words: “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad: And let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” (1 Chronicles 16:31). At a time when national morality seems to be non-existent; at a time when money speaks louder and with more power than righteousness; at a time when men and women are blowing themselves up and murdering hundreds of others in the process; at a time when many in the religious world want to be politically correct rather than obey plain statements of God; in such times it is a comforting thought to know that David was right — The Lord Reigns! Yes, He allows men today, as He allowed Israel of old, to reject Him, disobey Him and to even think that they are in control. However, in the final analysis, we learn that He had, still has and will always have the last word. Paul warned in 2 Corinthians 5:10-11, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.” So it will be!