Do you belong to a church or a social club? - Granite Grok

Do you belong to a church or a social club?

Do you belong to a church?

Do you belong to a church or a social club? If your answer is no this article isn’t for you. However, if you believe in things like faith and family, if you hold Judeo-Christian values read on.

Can you remember from the gospel of Matthew Chapter 5? Think Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5 Jesus called his boys “salty dogs,” there’s a reason for that.

Salt has three distinctive traits: It bites, stings, frets and yet, it heals. Salt preserves meat and skin from rot. It adds flavor. Rubbing salt in a wound won’t feel so great, but it’ll keep infection away. The same is true with God’s discipline. It can hurt, but it also heals. So, are you worth your salt?

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

And so we find ourselves faced with a secular world. A world devoid of truth, where many insist on acceptance of government, as replacement of God. Do you believe there are more than two genders and killing the unborn? Is moral relativism sophistry? Today’s world lacks wisdom, strength and courage. Those things come from God. He gives is our rights and no man can take them away. Do you belong to a church?

Are we wise enough to return to Judeo-Christian values?

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Judeo-Christian values do not require us to be perfect. They require is to try to be good. When we are tolerant we are better than if we are intolerant. How can we explain the rioting, looting, damage and destruction going on in our cities? What else can we do but recognize it springs from hate and intolerance?

America isn’t perfect. It never has been. It is an aspirational work in progress. The question for each of us is: What are we going to do with our lives? Why do we complain about injustice without trying to become a policeman to effect the change we claim need to be had? If we do not work hard and become a lawyer how will inequity be repaired? How do we assert there is intolerance when we practice it ourselves? Isn’t it time to get out of the social club and start living our Judeo-Christian values? Do you belong to a church?