Changing our tune!

In his book America Out of the Ashes, Jeff O’Leary quotes our 34th U.S. President, Dwight Eisenhower, who said, “We must be willing, individually and as a nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”  Even in a casual assessment of where we are as a nation, we stand teetering on the very edge of losing both.  The very principles upon which our nation was founded, Godly principles, have been so disregarded they are almost unidentifiable as such; and the end result could well be the loss of the privileges we now enjoy.

One of the “privileges” we do enjoy, because of the great sacrifice of many before us, is the right to speak, “the freedom of speech.” We all want to speak and be heard, especially the preacher.   Amen?  Might I make what I consider an easy transition here from “patriotism” to “practical Christianity”?  That is, we as believers have the right and responsibility to speak.  It is our privilege, but more, it is who we are.  The “principles” that our position was founded upon:  love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and compassion, the attributes of Christ Jesus, are the very things we are privileged to personally enjoy and speak into our world.

Does the world need such words? Look around, listen around to the sights and sounds of these recent weeks; they are simply localized microcosms of a much larger need. The world, and your world next door, are desperate for such transforming words. You have the privilege to speak!

Granted, in times like this, we do speak!  However, so many times our speaking is to complain or grumble about the tragic situation we are in as a nation.  Let’s change our tune and our words.  Rather than speaking words of complaint, let’s “speak” words of love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and compassion into the lives of those around us.  In fact, let’s “live” those words into other’s lives!

The apostle Paul reminds us in Colossians 4, “Let your conversation (speech) be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.” (NLT)  The “right answer”?  Jesus!  Let’s change our tune and thus help others to change theirs!

Pastor Bob

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