“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Standing for What We Believe

(Please read 1 Corinthians 14:6-9)

July 10

Changes in our society have been so rapid and drastic in recent years that many can become confused as to what is right and what is wrong. Churches are regularly lambasted for resisting this or that lifestyle change which seems contrary to the teachings of Christ. Lamentably, some churches cave in, deciding through some strange, circuitous reasoning that Bible passages don’t really mean what we always thought they said very clearly.

But any church should be expected to stand up consistently for what it believes, whether the majority of people agree with it or not. It is the business of churches to promulgate what they believe and oppose what they consider wrong.

If a religious body bends to adapt its beliefs to evil doctrines which are politically correct at the moment, instead of existing to show Christ to the world and bring the world to Christ, it is good for nothing. It is inconsistent to claim to believe the word of God while embracing practices of Satan which are condemned by that word. That confuses the watching world and blurs its understanding of Christianity.

Hypocrisy does not make an attractive appeal to the unsaved world. Ambivalence leads no one to Christ. Uncertainty does not convince people. Our message as a church, and as individual Christians, needs to be strong and true, not only in what we say but in how we live. The futility of any other kind of message is highlighted in our text: “If the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?”

May our lives reflect the certainty of our faith in Christ Jesus.

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