FORSAKE NOT DISCERNMENT!

Scripture:  Psalm 11:3  NKJV -  “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

The world has always had ongoing plagues, socio-political movements, meteorological disasters, and wars aplenty.  It seems, however, that since the mid 1960s, particularly in the United States—approaching its 244th year as a nation this July 4th—we’ve been advancing at break-neck speed toward the precipice of that proverbial “slippery slope!”  Slogans and movements are emerging with covert agendas that appear to have upstanding objectives; yet, we are not to judge the merits of these movements, according to their outward appearances. (Jn. 7:  24) We are to think critically about current events in our world, applying the Word of God as a Spirit-saturated filter whereby we can wisely assess the moral integrity of that organization or movement.  Consider the gospel-opposing beliefs of the masses against the apostle Paul in Acts 21:27-36.

The proposals you hear reported on major news broadcasts should prompt Christ-followers to heed the command given to us in Ephesians 4:17-19  (“You shall no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk in the futility of their mind having their understanding darkened…”)       That verse describes those who live life with their understanding largely dominated by spiritual ignorance and darkness.  (1 Peter 2:13-16) As Christ-followers, we must beware of failing to earnestly scrutinize the alleged purposes behind emerging movements that are growing in influence!  A lack of critical thinking and investigation into the motives of popular radical groups can lead to the dilution of our witness in the culture, the jeopardizing of our God-ordained liberties, and an escalating threat to our personal safety.

Prayer:  God of mercy, please stir in Your people greater wisdom and discernment to distinguish between individuals and societal groups that favor Your righteous cause and those with questionable or wicked motives. Thank You, in Jesus’ name.

(by Denise Diggs)

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