Matthew 6:24 (MSG)
“You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money”
Matthew 20:32-33 (NIV)
“32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
1 John 4:10 (NLT)
“This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)
“3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”
Is there a reason? Yes. You can’t love two Gods because there is only one God. Many gods, one God. Money, materials, drugs/alcohol, porn, violence, a cause, ________ are all gods. Which of the above are grounded in God? “There are fundamentally only two kingdoms in opposition to one another – God’s kingdom of light – his truth and righteousness (moral goodness) and Satan’s kingdom of darkness – his power to deceive and tempt people to rebel and do what is wrong and evil. And there are no neutral parties – we are either for God’s kingdom or against it.”1
There is a reason for Orlando, Dallas, Paris, Mount Heron, Baghdad, Dhaka…. The list is so long. Want a reality check? Take a look at the terrorist attacks for July of this year at Wikipedia. Then look at June. May. April. There is a reason.
There’s is an answer too: Christ and His message of forgiveness, peace, tolerance – and it’s all rooted in love.
Simplistic? No, not when you get into it. It’s very complicated and difficult to live. Realistic? Yes. A friend just got back from mission trip to Istanbul serving refugees. The message of love and forgives was new to them. They understood the implications for their world if it would be taught. What impacts their world impacts ours.
Instead of allowing “scholars”, talking heads, politically correct bafoons to shut The Word up, we need shout it up, spread it like wildfire.
We have a history of hate around the world that we need to change and make amends for. We have a history of hurt we need to forgive.
There is only one framework that will allow that to happen and it’s Christ.
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