5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. Romans 13:5 (NASB)
Part of daily devotional time is to pray for personal holiness along with wisdom, discernment, and Christlikeness. Why do I do that? Just take an honest look at the visible church all around us. What is missing? Yes, we have religion. Yes, we have growing churches. But if you take a good, long, hard look at the spiritual maturity of most professing Christians in the U.S.A. what do we come up with?…
This blog is public enough that I do receive quite a few comments and emails from those who contend that “religion” is a scourge and a plague in the world. While I agree that that does describe man-made religion, we contend that genuine Christianity is not man-made, or man-controlled, or in any way a scourge or a plague. The blunt instrument that these “fellows” use in their “contentions” is entirely based in relativism. They claim to be using “reason” while accusing all who live by faith as being blind fools for being so certain. But as I stated above, the vast majority of those “Christians” these religion haters are referring to are the same ones I was talking about who could best be described as fleshly, worldly, and spiritually dead.
I saw an interview once several years ago with Bobby Knight. He was answering questions emailed directly to him. One of the emails asked about how “kids” had changed since he first began coaching and how that had influenced him to retire. His answer went something like this, “kids are kids, the problem is really with the parents.” That got my attention! He then spoke of the parents not teaching their “kids” to respect authority. He said it made coaching very difficult when the players refused to submit to the authority of the coaches.
The Vanishing Conscience, June 13, 2021