Pastor Brian Gilroy,
High Prairie Church of the Nazarene

“But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Turn away from such as these!” [2 Timothy 3:1-5]

Like it or not, our nation, our province, our county and yes, our town and many of its citizens, fit into this category. We make our decisions in life based upon whichever “expert” agrees with our viewpoint. We choose to ignore what we do not want to acknowledge as truth in order to promote opinions and ideas that support our way of life or the view of society.

Our society redefines ideas such as “freedom” to exclude the idea of choice. We dismiss the rights of others in order to focus on the rights we desire for ourselves. Real freedom considers the rights of everyone – those who agree with your view and those who oppose your view.

However, instead of “loving our neighbour as ourselves” we belittle or persecute those who do not agree with our idea of “freedom”. Our society, more and more, has adopted the mantra to “look out for number one” and that “number one” is my fortunes, my future, or my rights.

If this sounds like a political speech as opposed to an inspirational column item – in one sense you are correct.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31 we read, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

That means our faith [the Christian faith] is not something we practice during a church service or in secret, but it must be applied to everything we do in life – in our business dealings; our personal finances; our political decisions; our relationship with our spouses; how we raise our children and how we treat each other.

This item is reprinted with permission from the High Prairie, AB, South Peace News. For the complete article, click HERE

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