God’s Wisdom and Instruction, The Foundation of the Family
I would like to begin today with a few verses of Scripture that I believe you are all familiar with. The first passage is from the book of Deuteronomy. For those who are unaware, Deuteronomy contains the messages of Moses written in the final days of his life. The Israelites had wandered in the desert for a generation. Many of those who had witnessed God’s miracles during the Exodus had, by now, passed away, and so Moses was speaking to a new generation, one that had not witnessed God’s power, miracles or the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. As Moses’ life was coming to an end, he was speaking to the KIDS of those who had been first hand witnesses, giving a final reminder of the most important things this new generation needed to know. He was passing down the sage advice and wisdom of an elder, as a leader, as God’s chosen man.
His listeners at the time were fearful. Moses had been their leader their entire lives. Now, Joshua was about to assume that role. The people were camped on the plains of Moab, about to enter the Promised Land. They were doubtful, afraid, facing impending war with the inhabitants of the land, and tempted to run away, yet there was nowhere to run. No direction to go but forward — led by a new leader they were not quite sure of yet. Additionally, they were about to start a whole new way of life. Rather than being wanderers, they were now to become settlers, pioneers. Finally, they would have a place to put down roots and call “home,” in the land the Lord had promised their parents and grandparents. An entirely new concept to them.
So in his old age, as Moses wrote these words, you can imagine he was careful to make sure he emphasized those things that were most vitally important. Thus, his writings in Deuteronomy were his last chance to give final instructions as to how to live a Godly, righteous and pleasing life before the Lord, and thereby receive the blessings of God, raise healthy families in Godly homes, create a nation and a culture that would flourish and be pleasing before the Lord. And it was his hope that these precious words would be heeded and followed for all future generations. He didn’t just make a speech or give a sermon — he WROTE THESE WORDS DOWN — for his people then, and for all of mankind, for all time. Ancient wisdom of antiquity, yet we can still read these very words for ourselves today. Despite the fact that evil men have done their best to stamp out God’s Word from existence, from the minute it was originally written and in every generation since, it simply cannot be done… praise the Lord for His loving instruction, not
willing that any should be lost, or left without His divine guidance.
In Chapter 5 of Deuteronomy, Moses repeated the Law given to him by God Himself, as recorded in the book of Exodus. Then, in Chapter six, he emphasized this: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
As you read the Bible and understand the history of God’s people — and perhaps more importantly, the history of the WORLD — you realize that when these words of Moses were followed, the family unit — and the culture at large — was always blessed by God.
But when the wisdom and instruction of God were abandoned, families collapsed, children ran wild and anarchy and cursing of nations resulted, every time. Today it has been more than 3400 years since Moses penned the words of Deuteronomy. Few today read them anymore at all; and when they are proclaimed in our churches, they seem to go in one ear and directly out the other. They’ve become nothing more than “nice platitudes” — but almost no one really takes them seriously anymore.
As a result, we see our entire WORLD in turmoil, and here at home in the United States, the word “family” has been completely redefined to be the exact OPPOSITE of God’s design. Men sodomizing other men and calling THAT a “family.” Women abandoning their natural affections, turning instead to other women and calling THAT a “fam- ily.” And now we’ve strayed so far from God that we can’t even say for sure which gender we are…. how twisted we become when we abandon the laws of God and nature!
The basic building blocks of a Godly, righteous society have been undermined by the enemy of our souls, working through evil men and women who despise God’s authority. The definition of “family” has now been replaced by moral relativism, re-written to mean whatever WE want it to mean. As we go about being “wise in our own eyes,” the foundation of our families has crumbled and we no longer look to God for wisdom and rescue. Now we look to secular thinkers and government to be our saviors. How’s that been working for us? Surely abandoning the antiquated precepts of a “superstitious, Patriarchal religion’” would free us and bring about utopia on earth, right? Take a look around. I report, YOU decide.
Next, I would like to remind you of a verse we hear often, written by the wisest man on earth, Solomon. Proverbs 2: 6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Paul reiterates the concept of properly raising children in Ephesians chapter 6: “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Yet what has happened to our kids today? I certainly do not mean to criticize ALL young people, because I know MANY who are stellar examples of integrity, honor, courage and Godliness. In fact, I know SOME who are more Godly, courageous, bold and honorable than most adults. But as I follow the news from our college campuses around America, I am NOT encouraged. Their worldviews and ideology are twisted and demented, their minds depraved. As I see the herds of young people after public High School and Middle School lets out for the day, walking in packs down the street, all looking down, all staring blankly, mesmerized by their smart phones, I can guaran- tee you, they’re not reading Scripture. Statistics bear out the fact that our public schools here in America are failing our kids. Despite the fact that there are many good, well-meaning teachers in these schools, the dumbing down of America, I truly believe, is in- tentional and orchestrated. This is by design.
Here are some statistics: According to the website Ranking America, the US ranks 24th in LITERACY, while at the same time, 2nd in IGNORANCE of moral, social and historical knowledge. We also rank 1st in all the nations of world when it comes to ANXIETY DISORDERS, 4th in the world in PORNOGRAPHY USE and 21st in overall HAPPINESS. Meanwhile, more and more Americans are leaving church, abandoning their faith and embracing either no faith at all, or choosing Secular Humanism and Moral Relativism; not to mention the concept of “Democratic Socialism,” which could be better described as “Mobocracy.” According to studies, a full 85% of young people leave their faith in Christ the minute they leave home and begin college. I dare say that many never had much faith to begin with, due to inadequate Christian educa- tion from their churches and a lack of consistent, Godly leadership in the home.
In the book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, authors Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton report: “The majority of teenagers are incredibly inarticulate about their faith, religious beliefs and prac- tices, and its place in their lives. The de facto dominant religion among contemporary U.S. teenagers is what they call ‘Moralistic Therapeutic Deism’: A God exists who cre- ated and orders the world and watches over human life on earth; God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions; the central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself; God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem; and good people go to heaven when they die.”
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