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Bring back Baby Jesus and watch the world change

12/24/2014

Tomorrow we celebrate Christmas. As in many things modern, it has been nearly cleansed of any mention of Jesus, except within Christian groups. However, I would like to emphasize today, that it is this very cleansing of God from our culture, and even our lives, that has brought us to the mess we see around us daily, and argue that we need to bring back the Baby into the heart of Christmas, and into our lives as well.

 
God gave us 10 commandments that, if followed by all, would bring about peace and harmony. That was the reason he gave them to us. They are not gauges of punishment, but rather, guides to living.

 
Jesus restated them in an easy to remember statement when he answered the question of the religious leaders of the day. They asked him which of the 10 commandments was the greatest, and he answered…

“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

It is really so simple, the solution to our nation’s problems, our state and community problems, our family problems, and our personal problems. It is a one solution fits all, and I am convinced that at the heart of it all is GOD. If God were worshiped and served and given His rightful place in the center of our lives we would…

Live lives based on the truth contained in God’s Word
Live lives of generosity
Live lives of humility
Live lives of service
Live lives of compassion
Live lives of forgiveness
Live lives of integrity
Live lives of self-control
Live lives of gentleness and yet strength
Live lives of kindness and goodness
Live lives of joy and peace
Live lives full of grace
And most importantly, we would live a life planting seeds as we spread the good news of the gospel of Christ.

If God were worshiped and served and given His rightful place at the center of our families, we would…

Have strong marriages
Be able to handle conflict through the lens of our Almighty God
Have far less divorce
Be a strong Christian parent role models for our children
Have children who grow to respect their parents as they witness how their parents deal with all the challenges life throws their way
Be parents who would spend time teaching their children about God in the everyday
Have children, youth, and young adults living lives based on the truths of God’s Word
Have teens that are able to witness to their friends and are able to stand fast against the temptations that face our youth today
See less teenage pregnancy and suicide
Have a positive effect on our community and neighbors

If God were worshiped and served and given His rightful place at the center of our communities, we would…

Provide for the needs of others in our communities, be it food, clothes, shelter, child care, tutoring, mentoring, etc.
Provide for the needs of the elderly, the fatherless, and the motherless
Visit the sick and shut-ins
Assist the disabled
Provide skill training and job training as needed
Make the welfare system an unnecessary program

We think we have created a government that can provide for all the needy in our country. What we have discovered is that our government wastes too much money in paperwork and bureaucracy, leaving the people’s needs unmet and the taxpayers drained.

We can do a better job than the government, if we simply follow God’s principles. Think about it for just a moment. If we each followed the 10 Commandments, there would be no wars, no greed, no workaholics, no drug addicts, no alcoholics, no domestic violence, no rape, no theft, no murder, and no jealousy.

God provided 10 simple rules to a life of abundance, a life of peace, a life of love and joy, but we seem to think we can do better ourselves. So, we create rules and regulations, 3,659 new regulations in 2013 alone.

The money we save in taxes alone could transform our neighborhoods, if we made it a priority to take care of our own. That is how God designed communities in the first place. It was our place to take care of each other, not the government’s.

Instead we have tossed God out like old newspapers and chosen to do things our way. We think we have discovered, in evolution especially, the cause of all that is. What we have discovered through science should have driven us to our knees in humble acknowledgement of the unsurpassed greatness of our God.

In our ever rising siren call to become self-reliant, we have pushed God out of our consciences and struck out on our own. We are going to make a world of peace. We are going to end global warming, and we are going to provide for the poor. We are going to do so by forcing others to our view-point. We are going to do so by passing law after law after law, until every breath we take is regulated.

I don’t know about you, but I think we are making a real mess of things. It is logical, however. Look at the 10 simple laws God passed, that can make the world we are longing for, if we just followed them.

1. “You shall have no other gods before me.

2. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

3. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

4. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.

5. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

6. “You shall not murder. (notice it does NOT say, “kill”)

7. “You shall not commit adultery.

8. “You shall not steal.

9. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s ….”

Yes, if only God were at the center of our lives.

“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

When we get it right personally, and with our families, we have the opportunity to, once again develop faith in the great I AM.

Only then will we see changes in our neighborhoods, communities, state, and nation, but remember it starts with God and then with us.

Today, bring Baby Jesus back into your heart and your life. Let God start to make a real difference for our world today, through you.

Christ-filled blessings to you.

M.

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