By Bill Brandstatter
As I listen to the news,
I notice three areas that are under fire today. These three
areas used to be pretty clear. They used to be better than
today. They were at one time plain for all to see. Not
The first is authority.
There is a battle going on between federal and
state rights. This is seen in the gun issue and gay rights.
The Supreme Court is handling cases now that wouldn’t
have been heard years ago.
What is right or wrong
depends on the individual today. For a person to declare
there is one exclusive way is considered to be
judgmental; yet there is a way that is right that can never be
wrong. God’s way is always the best way. Yet often man
considers God to be unfair. Jesus said all authority
was given to Him, “in heaven and on earth.” (Matt.
The second is attitude.
It is obvious that many attitudes are changing. The
attitude of many today is that of a victim. Others believe
the government owes them something. Personal
responsibility and commitment are becoming ancient words
from another time. The Bible tells us we are
responsible for our behavior. Paul stated,
“Whatever a man sows,
that he will also reap.” (Gal. 6:7) Long before this
Ezekiel stated, “The soul who sins will die.” (Ez. 18:20
NKJV) We bear the responsibility for our own actions.
Good and bad choices are ours to make. God wants us to
make the good choices. (Deut. 30:15)
The third is assurance.
With job losses, home foreclosures, businesses closing,
pensions threatened, there is little or no
assurance today. What once
was a sure thing is now in question. We need
assurance in our
troubled times. God is always the same. He can
give assurances that
man cannot. He carries out all that He says. What
God says will happen.
Paul stated, “All the promises of God in Him are
Yes; therefore through
Him is our Amen, to the glory of God through
us.” (2 Cor. 1:20)
Christians can be assured that God will answer
prayer. (1 Cor. 5:14)
The assurance of a better world beyond this one
can take Christians to
new heights. (2 Cor.5:1-8) Thank God for His
promise of eternal life
to the faithful. Jesus promises, “He that believes and is baptized
shall be saved.” (Mark 16:16) Salvation through His blood is
possible when we obey Him. (Heb. 5:8, 9) A
crown of life awaits the
faithful. (Rev. 2:10) Do you have that assurance?
– Bill Brandstatter preaches for the Marion Church
of Christ in Marion, IL. He may be contacted through
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