How Deep Is Your Commitment
- Does my spirit crave the Divine Shepherd, even in the presence of the best that the world can offer?
- Do I have a constant sense of my Shepherd's presence, regardless of my surroundings?
- Do I take time to meet my good Shepherd each day, letting Him tell me of His love, and cheering His heart with my interest in Him?
- Do I realize that my voice lifted in praise and song is sweet to Him, or do I withhold it?
- What is my greatest concern, the thing about which most of all I want Christ's help?
- When He asks to hear my voice, what do I tell Him?
- Do I heed Christ when He bids me to come away from the lions den of temptation and dwell with him?
- Am I willing to have the North wind of adversity blow upon me, if it will better fit me for Christ's presence and companionship?
- In my weariness from earthly cares, do I hesitate to answer when the Divine Shepherd knocks at my door, and so turn Him from me?
- Is my Savior unquestionably the one altogether lovely, the one above all others most precious to me?
- Can I tell how and why Christ is more to me than any human being or than all earthly possessions?
The Evils Of Racism
I've seen men use the scriptures to support every evil thought imaginable. If a man in the church lusts for a particular sin, he will search until he finds a scripture that he can twist just enough to justify his sin that he might indulge in it. Racism is no different, men who hate, will find something in scripture to support their prejudice, whether it be twisted or out of content.
"Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be." (James 3:10)
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:26-27)
Whoever you are, wherever you are, you are a descendant of Adam and Eve, who were created by God, in God's Own image. Humans, all humans, are God's children.
Racism is a form of wicked behavior that is based on differences of religion, national origin, color of skin, or other things. In one of the most bizarre and blasphemous misuses of God's Holy Bible, some have even used certain Scriptures to support their racist objectives.
When Jesus Christ, as a Jew, taught the Samaritan woman (John 4:4-26), He didn't care that she was a Samaritan, or a woman, since The Messiah, as the Son of God, was neither a racist, or a male chauvanist. The Lord taught the woman because she was one of God's children.
When Philip, as a Christian, baptized the man from Ethiopia (Acts 8:26-39), he didn't care that the man's skin was black, because Philip, as a true servant of God, was not a racist. He baptized the man because the man was one of God's children.
Anyone who thinks that Christianity (see Christian Living), or The Bible is about favoritism or superiority, or in any way justifies hatred toward other people, should carefully consider these Scriptures:
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:28-29)
"Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34-35)
"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes." (1 John 2:9-11)
"If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors." (James 2:8-9)