Editorial - Nov 27 2022 The Problem with Society Today
TJN, the Jesus network, it is time to change the planet. Why is there so much division in America today and in the world, but let’s talk about America.
I was watching a TV news show. And the man who was interviewed was a playwright. In liberal Hollywood. And the commentator asked him, Why is there so much division in America? And the answer was from the guest, that we have removed God from the center of our universe.
And we put ourselves in there we’ve taken the rules of conduct and the behaviors of society that God established, and we’ve replaced it with our own. And that is why he believes we have so much division and strife in America today. We’ve taken God out of the center. I totally agree with that synopsis. Totally agree with it.
But just look at it. As as we follow God’s mandate, as we love one another, and love God, as we love and care and give to one another. As we work together, as we make an effort to love and work together, it creates this bond this, this unity, this camaraderie in society where we were working together, it creates a smooth oiled machine called society.
and it works. But when we put ourselves in the center, and we can say, the universe, the axis of the universe goes right to the center of my body, the Trinity is me, myself, and I, and I am the captain of my own ship. I decide what’s right and wrong. And we have each of these little worlds spinning around bumping into each other.
And we wonder why we have so much conflict, because everyone is creating their own right and wrong. And his conflict because it doesn’t agree with the neighbors universe, and it bumps into that universe. And then we have lawsuits, and then we have fights. And then we have all this kind of drama. Lin work, it’s not working.
I believe God is saying, Okay, how’s that working for you? It’s not working too well. In the early days of the Old Testament, the children of Israel did the same thing. They followed God, and then they fell away and things became a mess. And they came back to bug God again, and this was a cycle that repeated
Why do we have to do that?Things go so well, when we follow God goes so badly when we become the Trinity. Let’s get back to God. And you can say well, nobody else is doing it. So why should I do it? If everybody else is going to have their own thing, why don’t I just have my own thing and least grab all the gusto that I can. Because it’s not going to work. God promises a peace that surpasses all understanding.
And when you obey His law, I believe he will bless you, there will be good. There’ll be hard times. And there may be conflict because the other universes don’t agree with your god universe.
And they will try to discredit and disparage and call you out. But God those promises pieces surpasses all understanding. And there are some in those in the Christian community that say, well, what’s the what’s the use, because we can’t, but we can’t bail the ocean out with a teaspoon. Everybody’s going their own way. And God is going to come back anyway and destroy all this and greatest new utopia.
So I’ll just kind of go to church and hang on to the hang on to the seat belt and the safety rail and the guardrail, and I’ll just kind of hang on and wait for God to come back. The problem with that is a couple of scriptures. Number one, Jesus said Do not worry and doing good. But the most important one, I believe, as several levers but the most important one I’m going to use right now is the parable of the talents.
Matthew 25 Verse 14, and he gives us as a story and when Jesus tells stories Listen, for it will be like a man going on a journey who called his servants and entrusted them his property. To one he gave five talents to one two, to another one each according to his ability. Then he went away.
He would receive the five talents whether it once and traded with them and made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more, but he would receive the one talent went and dug it in the ground and hid his masters money. Now the master came back settled accounts, and he had received the five talents came forward bringing five talents more are saying, Master you delivered to me five talents I’ve made you five talents more master said to him Well done good and faithful servant can’t hear.
That’s what you want to hear God say to you, all right? God says, are the master in this case you’ve been faithful over a little I will set you over much Enter into the joy of your master. And he also who had the two talents came forward and saying master your game in two talents I have made two talents more of the master said Well done good and faithful servant you have been faithful over a little I will set you over much enter in the joy of your master.
He also who had received the one talent came forward saying Master I know you’re to be a hard man, reaping what you did not sow and gathering what you and your scattered no seed. So I was afraid and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here is what is yours. But the master answered him, You wicked and slothful servant lazy, you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I’ve scattered no seed, then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers.
And at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So he took the talent from him and gave it to him who had the 10 talents. For to everyone who has four to everyone who has well more be given. And he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not even what he had will be taken away from him, and cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. And that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
That’s not what you want to have. So hanging out in the church and not doing anything to further the masters work. Not a good thing. Long term, it’s not a good recipe for what happens when God comes back and says, Tell me what you’ve been doing with the talents I gave you. What you want to hear is well done good and faithful servant. So I say that to say this, in this time that we’re in this this world we’re living in, that is filled with strife and anti Christ to behavior.
The master has given you a talent and a knowledge that God is good, that God will empower you with His Holy Spirit to do good works, that God will give you this peace of surpasses all understanding that God will help you but you need to do your part, and go out and do it. Now. It’s not good works that save us. But good works are an evidence that we have been saved.
Because if we’ve truly been saved, we want to do good things. We want to help people. We want to be more like Jesus Christ, who was a perfect example of a servant leader. Well done good and faithful servant. That is what you want to hear at the end of the day. So the problem in society, we have made ourselves God, we have made ourselves definers of righteousness, we have made ourselves definers of good and evil. We have made ourselves definers of life and the end of life and who lives and who dies.
We have literally put ourselves in the role of God. It’s not going to be well when the master comes back. And it’s not working well for us now. So let’s do good. Let’s do God’s work. Let’s let’s let’s do it. Let’s do the right thing. Let’s worship God, let’s love one another. And let’s do business let’s do let’s let us do the work of God. Now U there’s going to be a good reward in the end. And we are also going to benefit but others are going to benefit because we had the courage to do the right thing to do the God thing. So let’s work together in a God fearing society.
And share the goodness and grace and mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ in the world today. The desperately needs to know truth and love and healing and life. This is TJ and the Jesus network it is time to change the planet