Blogging the Bible- February 28

Leviticus 5-8; Proverbs 14:19-35

Godliness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. – Proverbs 14:34

Wow! Could Solomon have packed any more into these 12 words?

Let’s start with Godliness. The journey we are on this year at CCH is that our happiness is tied to our holiness. The closer we are to God, the more we obey Him, the better we live out Scripture, the greater our happiness.

Collectively, I think the happiness of our country is trending downward. The best way I see to reverse this trend, to correct this situation is for more people to follow the words of Scripture and to live God honoring lives.

This would be reflected in the words of Solomon. Godliness exalts a nation. The greater our connection with God, the greater our exaltation, and I would suspect, the greater our happiness.

Here’s the thing: Not everyone wants to listen and follow what God says. Some think it is too old fashioned. This chronological snobbery that thinks that everything old is outdated is broken logic. Newer is not always better (i.e. New Coke, how’d that work out?) For that matter not everything old is better either (i.e. Rotary phones, party lines). Here’s where you have to test, does it pass the test of time? Sometimes old things have to be replaced with new things, but not everything old thing needs to be replaced.

Here is what really keeps us from Godliness, we are no longer disgraced by our sin. No longer does sin offend us. No longer does sin bother us. We rely too much on grace and not enough on obeying God in the first place. We reckon that we are better than most, and so we grade ourselves on a curve, just so we don’t stick out too much.

What if enough of us really got serious about our holiness? We might just turn the tide on this thing. Godliness might start trending up. Happiness might start trending up. Appropriate shame for sin would be present and lead us back to grace, back to Jesus and back on course to Godliness.

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~ by mikefoster on February 29, 2016.

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