Tag Archive: Purity


Seldom do I venture into mixing politics and faith.  Jesus separated the two.  He said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesars and give to God what is Gods.”  The two alone can become vicious between two debaters.  I imagine together they can bring death and destruction.  Today, I’m going to dip my toe in.

As our government roles deeper into the shutdown and the sides continue to play tit for tat, as a believer, I’m saddened.  Regardless of our views on welfare and political parties and border control, in the sad game are real people.  People who are at the mercy of powerful and often arrogant leaders on both sides of the issues at hand.  Who is going to care for those caught in the middle?

I was having this discussion with a friend who reminded me the employees will be paid once the shutdown is over.  I reminded him that many of those in these positions are pay check-to- pay check.  It won’t take long till mortgages and rents are missed, electric and water bills become critical, and credit cards become maxed out.  In the meantime those in authority play games with national audiences.

I don’t have the answers to immigration, and I don’t have the answers to the holes in everyone’s political platforms.  What I do know is people – white, black, yellow, young, old and still to be born, are trapped in a world where the weak are used as pawns for a perceived cause, and my Bible does speak about that!

In the Old Testament, God set out his people to be separate.  They were a holy people to be used by God for his holy intentions.  Their purity was important to God.  Along the way, they forgot the source of their purity.  Their purity was to be founded in listening to and following the words of God.  Instead, they took a few words (law) ,built power centers (Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes), and created a means to judge others instead of loving others.  

They forgot they were not to take advantage of the disadvantaged.  They missed the words about taking care of the alien and stranger in the land.  They disregarded the teaching about making a profit off the backs of the weak.  They were reprimanded but changed nothing when the prophet Micah said, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Instead, the rich and the proud distorted justice, had little mercy and forgot God.  Sounds familiar. The Bible is relative to our world as it was to theirs.

When we, as a people, have little compassion for the weak, we have lost the heart of God.  Micah did say love justice.  It’s not about letting life become a free for all.  However, the three elements of what God requires are connected at the hip.  As I grow older, I discover they cannot be separated.  They are the heart of God.  

Psalm 41:1 says, “Blessed is the one who has regard for the weak!”  First of all notice the exclamation point.  It was used to emphasize an action of a believer.  The word used for regard is not a passing glance.  It was used to describe someone “who has the ability to know what to do and how.”  How do we develop the ability?  Micah answers that one.  He said, “…walk humbly with our God.”  

Jesus came from his position at the right hand of the Father and walked among us for 30 years, giving his very life to give us life and give us a mediator who knew us personally.  It’s an amazing feature about Christianity.  God with us!  His Holy Spirit makes that possible every day, no matter where we go.  Humility with God is recognizing he didn’t have to leave the throne and walk among us, much less die for us.  His justice demanded our death!  Instead of death, we are given mercy and He calls upon us to remember it (Lord’s supper) and be the touch of Jesus to the weak.  

It’s time we quit fighting about which party best fits the Christian faith.  We are not called to pick the least of two evils.  We are called to live separate of that.  It’s a life that considers “others better than ourselves” according to the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2.  Now we not only have a weak people (immigrants) dying to come to this land of prosperity, we have our own who will not be paid by the richest government in the world while the proud make their points.  It’s been this way for years (Regan amnesty) and won’t get fixed quickly.  

Where do we start?  Walk humbly with our God.  He is the only one that can melt the heart bent on judgment and destruction.  I’m going to say it!  Donald and Nancy, put your sticks down, walk humbly with Jesus, figure out how mercy and justice work together and don’t forget to take care of the alien as well as your own brother and sister.

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I was working on a lesson the other day.  While researching, I discovered a reference from ancient Rome.  It was from one of the ruling party, commenting about the plague that was running through the city.  He commented about a people group that, instead of running away from those with the deadly illness ran to them.  He was amazed.  Those people were the Christians.  They were not afraid.  Their destiny was in the hands of the God they believed in.  

This past week was a troublesome week.  Four different instances of people in pain.  The pain was the plague of sex abuse.  I have to admit I often thought the numbers were not accurate.  The longer I’m in the counseling world I now feel those numbers are not high enough.

In each case the abuse came from family members.  Each family member was a member of the same church.  They were calling, seeking advice.  One case was extremely recent.  Another was 20 some years ago.  The plague affects people of all ages, both sexes, all races and socio-economic standings.  

In each case, some level of pornography usage is also evident.  The plague is here in full swing.  I don’t blame the many women who have joined the #MeToo movement.  What I don’t quite understand is why the Christian community is not engaging it.  A pastor friend of mine once preached that 75% of all the men in the congregation have an issue with pornography.  He followed that statement saying, “The other 25% are lying.”  Jesus said we as men have issues with adultery.  If we have eyes, we have a problem.  Ladies are not exempt.  A lady teacher once told me a woman’s desire is to be desired.  Just like the plague…the germ is always around.  

But we don’t talk about it.  Somehow it has become taboo to talk about sex, adultery, and lust.  Are they sensitive subjects?  They sure are, and yet, they affect the foundation of future families.  Sexual sin is not a victimless sin.  Often its impact is felt years later.  

We have this plague slowly killing our families and, literally people, and we are running away instead of to it.  When is the last time anyone heard a sermon on pornography?  Why hasn’t the church rallied to demand our lawmakers do something about the ease of viewing porn by minors on the Internet?  Why is there free porn at all?  When is the last time anyone heard a sermon on I Timothy 5:2?  Do we teach it to our youth, or are we too busy playing games?

Remember, the purity of marriage is very important to the Lord.  It is the only institution founded on the principles of Jesus and his church.  

So, what is I Timothy 5:2?  The Apostle Paul said, “Treat…older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”  We did not start the #MeToo movement; Paul did.  It lost its effect when we demanded 20 minute happy sermons and did not want to hear God’s instruction of great grace.  Grace calls us to purity.  Purity founded in the Pure One, Jesus.  Yes, we have issues, and so did many of the Biblical heroes.  

Nehemiah was upset the walls of Jerusalem were broken.  After he wept and mourned, he prayed for God to help him respond.  The walls of our churches and homes are broken.  The sexual revolution of the 60’s has morphed into the sexual disaster, and truth is hard to find, even in sexual identity.  Churches have caved in the name of “grace” accepting sexual behavior that is far from pure.  We forgot that grace is founded in truth and calls us to purity, as Jesus told the prostitute “…sin no more.”  In other words, with Jesus, she did not need to be the prostitute anymore.  Her identity was in Christ, not her or men. 

Porn and sexual sins are a leading characteristic of a culture that loses respect for life.  Once respect for others is lost, the only direction a culture goes is down and out.  The church must run to this plague for the future of our families and the gospel.  Talk to your kids about it.  Don’t be afraid; be honest.  Develop accountability with the Internet.  Confess your own sins, and together in prayer, seek the Lord in your sexual being.  It’s important to him.  He made us in His image.