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Monday, November 20, 2017

Let Your Moral Compass Be Set by God's Word

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by Pastor Tim Burt


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Have you ever noticed that the weather report comes to you from your media source without bias?  Weather reporters are not interested in giving their emotional input or political bias about how they feel about the weather. They just give you the facts that are available to them.

With most of the news and media sources around the world today, that is not the case. Most media sources and outlets are stewed in bias because news is no longer the primary agenda. Political bias is. If a newspaper does not like a particular political party or candidate that reflects their views, their bias will reveal it. Someone at the top will make sure that happens. They may follow legal guidelines to skate the edge of what's legal, but they've lost their moral and ethical compass altogether. That is true for the newspaper industry, network news and television, Hollywood and music industry, education, and now even the sports industry has been infected.  The concept of remaining neutral and letting politics remain in the political field is gone.

We live in a country with a legal system that is built on the foundation of innocent until proven guilty, yet media sources are allowed to publicly pre-judge and become the jury, destroying someones reputation before any court of law has come into play. A person may eventually be proven innocent, yet already bankrupted and reputationally destroyed because of these agenda-laden forces.

Famous figures are photographed and made the object of public display over where they ate lunch and who they ate it with. That can lead to world-wide broadcasting of their lunch with biased speculation as to whether they are having an affair with the person they had lunch with—regardless of gender.

People who constantly subject themselves to taking in this kind of information will find themselves thinking and talking about things they really shouldn't care about. Do you really care about who Katy Perry or Justin Beiber were out partying with last night? (If you do, you have some serious praying and Bible reading to do.) Does what these people do daily, really add anything to your life? Is it truly any of your business? Can you believe you are even thinking about it? Maybe even talking about it? Do you really care?

Here is a better question. Do the sources of information that are trying to sway you to a particular belief or view hold your moral values and love for God? Does their opinion on behavioral boundaries and lifestyle match those that Jesus and the Bible teach us? If not, why let them influence or even touch your thinking? Why let them have any input into your life?

In Ephesians 4, the Apostle Paul teaches that God’s goal for those that mentor Christians in ministry, is to help Christians grow up and mature becoming productive members of the body of Christ. Christians are to learn how to reach, teach, and touch others with the love of God. God has given us His Word that we should grow up in spiritual maturity and become productive members of the body of Christ reflecting His love.

Verses 14-15 say, “Then we will no longer be like children, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ who is the head of his body, the church. “

Media will teach us that sex before marriage is okay. That making fun of the President or those in authority are okay.—and now even the right thing to do! They'll teach that homosexuality is just an alternative lifestyle. That abortion isn’t the taking of a life. That defending your country against terrorists is an act of aggression. The media will desensitize us to crime and murder and senseless violence. It will make even the most profane words a normal part of communication. Does God agree with all this? When the world of opinions fly, people get discouraged and think, There is no truthit’s all a matter of perspective and opinion. When someone comes to that conclusion, Satan has won and that person has become deceived! The the stark difference of right from wrong and good from evil becomes blurred. There are no more absolutes. That leads to this conclusion. People can do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else. The problem with that thinking is that's wrong! Whether you realize it or not, everything we do, in some way affects others—always and eventually!

So what do you think? Do we let the worldly media sources lead our lives or do we let God become the anchor of our thoughts and lives so we aren’t tossed to and fro like children. God wants to be the anchor of our soul and the primary input of counsel and discernment for what we think about and how we make decisions.

Ephesians 4:17-31 NLT says, “With the Lord's authority I say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They don't care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. But that isn't what you were taught when you learned about Christ. Since you have heard all about Him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness—righteous, holy, and true…”

World views, morals, and beliefs shift with the wind. Stop being a part of ignorant conversation that has nothing to do with real life and that distracts you from becoming that mature Christian purposing to be a touch of God in the lives around you! Don’t you be tossed to and fro. The degrading moral values of culture are not supposed to change Christianity. Christianity is to restrain culture from ideals contrary to God's ways! Make God’s Word the anchor for all you think and believe, and for how you communicate and live. It's your calling in Christ! He never changes, nor should you!

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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