Originally scheduled for April 22
One of the reasons that the Bible continues to
give us good advice and moral guidance is that the starting point of
our problems is not our technology, but the human heart. Reading
through Psalm Two you cannot help but be struck as to how familiar
the phrasings of those who wish to throw off the Lord sound to us
today. “We are liberated,” we proclaim, “and we have thrown off the
chains of God because of our great and superior wisdom today.”
For example: marriage. In many
churches today it is a rare thing to hear a sermon on the subject of
adultery. We’ve had it hammered into our heads that it’s not
adultery, it’s a “romantic affair.” You can’t avoid them so you
might as well enjoy them. The pain of marriage breaking up is
somehow not mentioned. You feel guilty? See your psychiatrist.
For example: confession. Christians
were taught at one time that they were to confess their sins, one to
another. Confession preceded repentance, which preceded forgiveness.
Now we hold to “plausible deniability.” If we can come up with an
excuse which just might be true we’re off the hook.
For example: abortions — they make
money which somehow finds its way into the pockets of needy
politicians. Those politicians then mandate that you must pay for
We, the church, go quietly into that black
night where our moral teachings no longer differ from the moral
teachings of the world. But have you ever considered what God thinks
He laughs. He is not worried about it; no more
than the elephant is worried when the flea tells him, “watch out!
I’m a karate expert.”
So what is God going to do about this? He has
already stated what he’s going to do and taken the first step. On
the hill of Calvary he has installed his king, and by his body and
blood we are forgiven. That King will someday take his rightful rule
about which we are warned. Ultimately this provides us with the
choice: those who want to object to God’s laws and those who accept
and obey God’s laws. It doesn’t matter what most people think. I
personally think gravity is excessive and that’s the reason I’m
overweight. Somehow, God is not impressed with that thought.
In communion, you recognize that first step as
having been made. By his body, by his blood you are forgiven and you
have accepted that forgiveness. Taking those elements in communion
tells the world as well as God that you believe and that you will
obey. Most people know that communion proclaims forgiveness, but
don’t you see that forgiveness must be followed by obedience?
The psalmist adds one thought here which is
most encouraging — that all who take refuge in him are going to be
most blessed. Therefore do not throw off the chains of obedience
only to find that those chains were keeping you out of hell.