Thursday, March 1, 2012

Influence And Winning!

You, my brother, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself!" If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you'll be destroyed by each other. Galatians 5:13

Isn't this a wonderful explanation of life in America? Well, maybe as it was meant to be. Christians are constantly called out for their lack of Christian behavior, but if we actually followed this paragraph from Paul's letter to the Galatians, we wouldn't be looked upon as hypocritical. Then what ammunition would the secular faction that is trying to destroy the morals and principles this country was founded upon have? Aren't we really fighting to survive a self inflicted injury? I wonder how many would correct their behavior if they understood that not only was their freedom at stake, but their salvation as well? While salvation is confronted down the road, your loss of freedom would have an immediate affect. Paul goes on to give us the keys to both......

The acts of sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery: idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealous, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.- Galatians 5:19-21

It's like Paul was speaking directly to Congress! I'm joking of course, but this is certainly to be taken seriously. In today's society, how much of that paragraph rings true? The moral decline of America and the acceptance as a normal event is exactly what Paul is speaking to.

My brothers and sisters, it's time to be the example and reverse the trend of moral decay. One person can make a difference! God has ordained us to be people of influence. A husband influences his wife, parents their children, friends their friends, pastors their flock, politicians their voters, leaders their followers. Live by example, and use your words to encourage others to do the same. Freedom and salvation lie in the balance.....

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

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