Devotions from Judy’s heart
Devotions from Judy’s heart
New research from George Barna shows, “a broad, deep gap in American political beliefs and behavior, rooted not in ideology or partisanship, but in fundamental differences in the worldview of voting-age adults being fueled by a national cultural shift away from the biblical worldview.” Barna believes, based on his research that, “The 2020 election is not about personalities, parties, or even politics. It is an election to determine the dominant worldview in America.
Barna payed particular attention to those he calls “integrated disciples.” These are persons with a consistent biblical worldview. The survey indicated that only 6% of those who identified as Christian had a biblical worldview. These believers tended to hold conservative political views in greater number than adults without a biblical worldview.
For example, they believe in the definition of marriage as one man and one woman, 95% vs. 34%, and are more deeply committed to practicing their religious faith, 98% to 57%. These folks are two and a half times more likely to be conservative on social issues 91% vs. 34%.
What I find interesting is Barna’s contention that politics is no longer about party platforms but competing worldviews. “Over the past 40 years Americans have gradually but consistently abandoned a range of foundational, biblical beliefs in favor of a human-centric, consensual, emotion-driven understanding of and response to the world. That transition has been highly visible in relation to morality and political preferences.”
Men, this reminds me of Paul’s warning to Timothy about those with “itching ears.” “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” ( II Tim 4:3).
The “seismic sixties” as Os Guinness calls it, was the decade when the radical ideas first broke through into mainstream American thinking and life. Guinness notes, “the 60’s sowed the poison seeds that are producing today’s bitter harvest. The roots of those ideas predate the 60’s, but it was in the 60’s where they became dangerous.”
In the 1973, as a young pastor I read Os Guinness book “The Dust of Death” several times over. It cemented my thinking to be a “Jesus person” and a pastor of “the Book.” I never doubted my stance as I lived through those years. As a feeling, intuitive man, I clung to my testimony of Jesus, wanting to be credible witness for him with the Lutheran church. But I needed help thinking my way through the changing times. I wanted the Bible to form my worldview.
Today, having lived through the 60’s, being ordained in 1970, I am part of that 6% that Barna discovered in his research. I survived due to the following commitments I made regarding the Word of God.
First, Scripture is God’s inspired Word and it has the final say when it comes to faith and practice. I had to settle that in my mind. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matt 24:34).
Second, I gladly submit my thinking to the authority of God’s Word. If something is not clearly found in scripture I will raise a big question mark.
Thirdly, I continue to need guidance as I journey with Jesus through the changes and chaos that is coming. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Ps. 119:108).
Fourthly, I need help to be an integrated follower of Jesus (in word and deed). Scripture does that for me if I obey, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.” ( James 1:23).
Dear Ones, Hope you are having a good day and able to get out on this gorgeous sunny day. .Al’s sister is on her way home now and we enjoyed her visit so much. I am washing and cleaning up and making zucchini fries with Ann’s garden produce. Devotions from Judy’s heart Today so many of us woke up remembering how we felt 19 years ago on 911 as we were shocked, almost to unbelief, by the terrorist attack. We most likely remember exactly where we were when we saw footage of the plane flying into the twin towers and the devastation that resulted. But we also remember how America came together and felt connected all across our country. We felt like one nation, under God and were united together. But there is even a deeper connection we experience when we belong to the family of God. We are joined with others in the Spirit, for we are God’s children seeking to bring glory to Him. It doesn’t matter if we belong to the same country, or the same family, or have known one another long, there is a deep connection. Al’s sister from Michigan was just here for a visit and it was wonderful after all these months of COVID to be together again. We spent hours catching up and sharing deeply; and because we know the Lord, even when we are not physically together, we still feel united. Not long ago we also had friends from Tulsa come that we haven’t seen for a year, and yet there was an immediate bond of sharing the Lord together. Or just a couple weeks ago, meeting with 3 other couples from our Board and being together in the joy of His presence. God has made us for Himself and if we live our lives apart from Him, we are missing the greatest opportunity of a life time, which has eternal consequences. We also miss out on knowing our Christian brothers and sisters who encourage us, who help us on this journey through life. It doesn’t matter that we are not all alike for we are joined by our one Father. Our three children, now adults, do not look alike or have the same gifts but they belong to our one family because we are their parents. Let us not miss out on the most important relationship of all with our Heavenly Father for when we know Him, we are eternally together. As it says in Isaiah 62:4 (The Message), “No more will anyone call you Rejected, and your country will no longer be ruined. You’ll be called My Delight, and your land Married.” Challenge for today: Delight in your Heavenly Father and use opportunities to invite others into the family. Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy