Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Charge of the Light Brigade

March 14

 “I charge thee … preach the Word”  2 Timothy 4:2
 

 

   

 
 
  

"We have chosen to be relevant, pragmatic, and compromising, thus exacerbating the rampant decay ..."

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible claims to be light.  “THY word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  Simeon held the BABE of GOD in his arms and proclaimed HE was: “A light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of THY people Israel.”  CHRIST stated in John: “I am the light of the world”.  Our LORD’S first mention of light was also of HIS church being the “light of the world” commanding us to let it shine before men; thus making us, if you will, a Spiritual Light Brigade.

Let me suggest some reasons from 2 Timothy 3:1-5 as to why we make the charge; for the Scripture states that men apart from HIM in sin are:

  • "perilous" [chalepos] … used only here and Matthew 8:28 where it is translated “fierce” in reference to the devil possessed maniac of Gadara. 

  • lovers of their own selves” … describes our age of entitlement and the self-esteem cult which has spawned it.  We are self-indulgent and that Super-Sized!  This neo-narcissism is also the fountainhead of the twenty other sins listed through chapter 3, verse 8.

  • disobedient to parents” … just go stand in the toy aisle of your favorite store for about 10 minutes.

  • “unholy” … once un-helly, America, founded for the glory of GOD & the advancement of the Christian faith according to the Mayflower Compact, has become desperately “un-holy” ... what a satanic twist!

  • despisers of those that are good” … only here in the N.T. … lit. hostile to virtue; void of brotherly affection.

  • “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of GOD," … Are football players who average millions per year for part time work indicative of a pleasure crazed society ... and the professing Christians who prioritize sports and recreation over GOD to support them another indicator? 

  • having a form of godliness” … we have ‘In GOD We Trust’ on our currency; ‘One Nation Under GOD’ in our pledge; ‘WWJD’ on our wrists; ‘Fish’ on our bumpers; ‘My Daily Bread’ on our coffee tables; ‘The KJV’ under our arms; ‘The Old Hymns’ in our pews; and yet little or no power evidenced in our lives!  "They profess that they know GOD; but in works they deny HIM, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate."  That Ol’ Negro spiritual comes to mind: ‘Everybody talkin’ bout heaven ain’t a goin there'

All this and much more we could say, betray the fact that we live in a decadent society.  JESUS said: “ye are the salt of the Earth” … but the Church has lost much of her savor.  Somebody has leavened our lump!  We have chosen to be relevant, pragmatic, and compromising, thus exacerbating the rampant decay of sin around us, in us, and through us.  We must "charge" to "preach the Word", for It is the only preservative able to stay the decay of sin.

"... be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."


For Love of Country
Congress of the United States (March 3, 1865)
(New motto to be inscribed on all minted coins)
"In GOD We Trust"

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