This week…we take a break from Genesis to have us a little chat. Instead of Abraham, what happened this week was some soul searching. Friday’s Supreme Court ruling shook me. My heart ached for my children. My sweet little one’s still so innocent. How am I to teach them in this upside down world? In a culture contrary to Biblical standards? How am I to do this? And I felt God’s gentle encouragement prod my aching heart. Teach them truth. Simply teach them truth. Teach them I am Sovereign. Teach them to love me with all their heart, mind, and soul. Love me Stacey…teach them to love me.
So I declare to you today as a memorial to my God exactly what I will teach them. Please stand with me. Declare it with me. Don’t let me stand alone. Let us teach them… That the LORD God is the Creator God; the Sovereign and Holy God; the Almighty One. He is the only true God. The Living God. He is love and because he loved the world so much he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, (who is God, who is from the beginning, who holds all things together and spoke all things into existence because he himself is the Word) to die on the cross in our place. To be our Savior because we need a Savior. We are sinners every one of us. Big selfish sinners. We deserve eternal separation from God in hell but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ we can have eternal life in Heaven with God. It is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone that we can be reconciled to God. Not by my own works. No, not by works. (Though works are evidence of true faith.) This…this I will declare to my children.
I will teach them that the Bible is not man made. It is the inspired Word of God. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). John 1:14 declares Jesus himself is the Word. In reference to Jesus Revelation 19:13 declares “He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.” So to twist, change, slander, curse, or malign the Bible is to malign the very King of Kings himself. The Bible is truth. Jesus is truth. Anything and everything that does not align itself with Scripture is wrong. Run from it! Take a stand against it. Uphold God’s Word. Know it. Live by it. Keep it. And in this you will be blessed. Abiding in God’s Word, keeping his commandments, is the secret to a life full of joy (John 15:10-11). This…this I will declare to my children.
I will teach them that God made us male and female for his glory and purposes. He designed marriage to be between one man and one woman. (God defined marriage. We have not the right to redefine it.) God says homosexuality is sin. “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Lev. 18:22). I will teach them homosexuality is wrong. And it’s ok to name it as such. It’s not intolerant. It’s not mean. It’s truth. But to be fair homosexuality is not the only sexual sin. Sex outside of marriage, pornography, adultery, rape, incest. All of it…is SIN. And God can have nothing to do with sin. Anyone continually practicing such sin CANNOT have a relationship with God. God is holy. God and sin cannot mix. Yet forgiveness can be found through faith in Jesus Christ. But there must be repentance. There must be a turning from sin to be reconciled to God. We are to be holy as he is holy (1 Peter 1:16). In Christ we put off the old self which is corrupt through deceitful desires, “and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). God is holy! God and sin do not mix! This…this I will declare to my children.
I will teach them that idolatry (putting anything or anyone before God), slander, obscene talk, misusing the Lord’s name, disrespect, coveting, lying, gossip, etc…is all sin. Even tantrums are sin. Any act of defiance against God is sin. (Not just homosexuality) But we live in a world that no longer recognizes sin for what it really is. And has justified it. But we must not. Though we will be called intolerant. Though we may face persecution. Do not fear the world. Fear God! For it is he who judges impartially (1 Peter 1:17). And if you suffer for righteousness sake know that you will be blessed (1 Peter 3:14). God honors those who honor him (1 Sam. 2:30). This…this I will declare to my children.
I will teach them the life they live now matters. The choices they make have eternal significance. Jesus is going to return. He is coming to reward those who revere him and judge those who do not. He warned us “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:36-37). “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12). Judgment is coming. Therefore live in light of eternity. Live for God! You will not regret it. I promise you…you will not regret it. This…this I will declare to my children.
I will teach them the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37, 39). To love God is to keep his commandments (John 14:15). And to love your neighbor is to speak TRUTH in love with gentleness and respect. True love does not approve of sin; nor celebrate it. True love confronts sin for what it is that all people (no matter race, gender, religion, political association, past or present sin) may know salvation in Jesus Christ. True love is not a matter of tolerating sin but exposing it that every man, woman, and child may repent and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. This is love. This I will declare to my children.
Oh sweet little ones. I pray you will stand for truth. I pray you will stand for Christ. I pray you will honor him no matter the cost. I pray you will love the Lord with all your heart. I pray you will love your neighbor by speaking truth. I pray you will remain strong in the Word. Unshaken. Unmoved by a world arrayed in opposition to God. Be strong little ones. Be courageous. Be bold. Be truthful. It’s ok to be truthful for He is truth. In an upside down world, this is what I will teach my children.