This Rock On Which I Stand - Blog Post
LATELY A SONG I SANG IN SUNDAY SCHOOL HAS BEEN RINGING IN MY EARS. “THE WISE MAN BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON THE ROCK. THE FOOLISH MAN BUILT HAS UPON THE SAND.”
Of course, this child's song comes from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7.
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
So why has this song been in my mind? I have been grieved and greatly burdened by the law passed in New York about abortion. As I said last week in the Facebook Live study, I believe this reflects the verse found in James 5.
“You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.” James 5:6
The American nation has continued in boldness to a place of blatant murder of the “innocent.” For what is more innocent than a baby? I know that abortion is not a new issue. I also am all to aware of the fact that many women in our Christian community who chose abortions. I also have witnessed their grief and the pain, that friends of mine who chose abortion, have shared with me, in the experience afterwards.
I do not condemn anyone for what they are done, or even for where they stand on this issue. For I have sinned and fallen so short of the glory of God. Reality is that we live in a sinful and fallen world and each of us have to decide where we will stand or where we will build our house.
Ted and I recently were talking about a verse that will represent our house and our family. We are looking at this verse in Joshua;
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
The words “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” resonates in my soul. In this issue of abortion, the issue of homosexuality, the issue of weapons, the issue of marriage and cohabitation, the issue of war, etc. we all have choice. We each have to choose where we will stand on each issue. We have a job to choose what we will stand for, how we will teach our children, how we will conduct our lives, and even how we will vote.
As I look at politics, I see a trend of the politician saying the words that will get them into office, and then choosing the words that will keep them in office. This is a game of popularity, votes and the next level of recognition.
This is not a political blog and I do not claim to know everything, I just am saying that it is time for us to take a stand. Where will you stand?
As for me and my house? We are going to stand on The Rock. We are going to choose to serve the Lord, we are going to build our house on the word of God and His mandates. This is something that we will take into account as we choose how we will live, what friends we will have, what we will teach our children, how we will vote and the words we will speak.
So, my challenge to you today is for you to choose, will you choose to serve the Lord? Or will you choose to have “friendship with the world? "James 4:4
Now Go In God Knowing That He Is Enough For You,