Subverting our Culture


"If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose their faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea" (Mk. 9:42).

Sixty years ago our society adhered to the Ten Commandments. Intact families ate, talked, prayed and went to church together on Sundays. Mothers and grandparents were home most of the day while fathers worked to support their families. Children were raised to love God, respect authority and parents looked to the schools to provide a sound, healthy education. Crime was rare and divorce was for movie stars.


Focused on God


"I am the Lord your God. You shall not have other gods before me" (Ex.20:2-3). This commandment is skipped over by well-meaning American families because it is presumed God was referring to pagan cultures that worship nature or handcrafted objects such as animals. However, too many times parents lead their family and innocent children into a kind of fanatical worship of money, prestige, electronics, fashion, celebrities, sports or education. Too much emphasis is placed on material goods, pop culture or education for the sake of wealth. No importance is given to the love and worship of God.


Bite Your Tongue


Have you ever spoken and said something you wished you hadn't and wanted to take it back? Do you say things to your spouse in anger, frustration or just not thinking that are hurtful, causing rifts between you? "But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison" (Jas 3:8). Words are important. God created everything through the power of His Word: Jesus is the Eternal Word made flesh; scripture is the life giving Word of God.


The Speck and the Stick


Jesus said, "Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye. You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye" (Mt 7:3-5). How awful it would be to have Jesus say these words to us at the moment of our death. Each of us is imperfect; complaining about our spouse instead of working on our own personality flaws is hypocritical.