Summary: Commitment to the truth of the gospel is needed in this messed up world.
INTRO.- ILL.- Two elderly women were out driving in a large car and both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself "I must be losing it, I could have sworn we just went through a red light."
After a few more minutes they came to another intersection and the light was red again and again they went right through. This time the woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous and decided to pay very close attention to the road and the next intersection to see what was going on.
At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was definitely red and they went right through and she turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred! Did you know we just ran through three red lights in a row! You could have killed us!" Mildred turned to her and said, "Oh, am I driving?"
Brothers and sisters, the way things are going in our world and country we wonder who’s driving or if anyone is driving at all.
We live in a world of unrest and untruth. Turn on the TV and listen to the news. Read it in the paper. It’s everywhere.
Here is some of that unrest.
ILL.- Nov. 12, 2005 OSHKOSH, Wis. - A 4-month-old girl died (was smothered) when her drunken 27 year-old mother fell asleep on top of her while breast-feeding, prosecutors said.
Lorinda Hawkins told police she fell asleep about 15 minutes after she started breast-feeding the baby because of her intoxication. When she woke up about an hour later, the baby was pale and wasn’t breathing.
The 27-year-old — who was on probation for child neglect — had consumed six double-shot alcoholic beverages at a bowling alley, the complaint said. A toxicologist estimated her blood alcohol level ranged from .15 to .27 percent.
ILL.- HOMESTEAD, Pa. – Shelton Flowers, 30, was shot at least three times after he got into an argument with another man inside a theater just east of Pittsburgh. Allegheny County police said Flowers had just watched Rapper 50 Cent’s movie (Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and got into a confrontation with three men in the bathroom. A fight ensued and spilled out into the concessions area, where Flowers was shot. Police raised concerns that the film might lead to more unrest.
WHAT DOES THIS SAY TO US? As a man thinketh so is he and as a man watcheth movies so is he! Or so will he do!
ILL.- Here’s another news item dated Nov. 14th. LITITZ, Pa. (AP) - David G. Ludwig killed 14-year-old Kara Beth Borden’s parents after they and their daughter argued about her curfew, police said. Borden’s parents, Michael and Cathryn, both 50, were found shot to death shortly after 8 a.m., after the couple’s 9-year-old son ran to the home of neighbors for help. An older daughter also escaped.
From what we understand, both families were supposedly Christian. It makes us wonder about the effect of Christianity on people’s lives. In the case of the shooter, David Ludwig, Christianity apparently had no positive effect on him.
Our country is full of unrest and untruth. Here is some that untruth.
ILL.- Harry Potter mania grips cinemas. This note comes from Beijing, China. The craze is not new, of course, as in the past several years, six Harry Potter books and three movies have already cast their spell over the world.
Twenty-two-year-old Li Bonan became a die-hard Harry Potter fan in 2002. He has collected at least three editions of each of the six Potter novels, and watched the previous three Potter films more than 100 times. Last weekend, it was the number one movie raking in over $100 million!
Brothers and sisters, even though Harry Potter is very popular right now, HARRY POTTER IS A LIE! Harry Potter is pure fiction but some people eat it up like it is the truth of all truths!
We live in a world of unrest and untruth, a world of evil.
ILL.- One preacher wrote, “We are a culture that does not want to admit that evil exists, especially in people. There is always an explanation or rationalization for the things people do. We make a serious mistake when we deny the existence of evil, and here is why: When we believe that evil does not exist, we become blind to it. When evil is dismissed as unreal, good becomes irrelevant. Good is only understood in relation to evil. If nothing is evil, then nothing is good. We are seeing that in our culture.