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Why So Hard to Trust? MMM 9-20-2010


Monday Morning Message, September 20, 2010

We may have stumped some of you with all of the dates from last week’s MMM so I will give them to you again and focus on one of them today:

September 11, 2001
January 27, 1973
June 11, 1966
November 22, 1963
December 7, 1943

Of course you all got 9/11 but whether or not the forgiveness message was easily received is not too clear from many responses.  1-27-1973 was of course the armistice day for the Viet Nam War.  I thought at that time in my life that we had experienced such a crisis of leadership in our country and our hopes of developing trusted leaders has been a mixed bag at best.

Viet Nam for me marked the start of a period that was characterized by distrust of our political and military leaders like no other period in our history.  Escalating a military presence to intervene in a civil war in a far off country in Indochina proved to be a hard sell to the American citizens.  I am still haunted by the thoughts of those who gave their life for their patriotism and dedication to a higher ideal.  Those who served and returned home deserved much better than they received.  Much of the country’s disdain for fumbled leadership was unfairly dumped on our soldiers of that era.

We have never recovered fully from that experience.  Our country has been losing its spiritual currency as well during this same period.  Many people name the name of Christ as their Savior, but fewer than ever attend steady worship services.  Fewer than that read their Bible regularly, and fewer than that, have witnessed about their faith to a friend or neighbor.  We are more consumed by our pop culture than we are about the Great Commission.  We can cite more details about the various contestants on reality shows and sports teams than we can discuss the meaning of Paul’s letter to the Romans. 

Lest you think I am a victim myself of the world of “NOW”, I do know that sin and running away from God did not start in 1973, but in fact the Bible teaches us that it all started with Adam and Eve.  The Bible also teaches us to expect this kind of distrust and we need to guard ourselves from this very malady by focusing our sights back unto Jesus and not on any man or woman.  This week when you read or hear about something that disturbs you, bow your head and ask, “Just give me Jesus”. 

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” 

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