Summary: Let’s look a little deeper at our parable today and Jesus’ message about what it means to love our neighbors! Let’s look at the characters in this short story - giant idea parable and learn something about doing the right thing even if it costs you something in return
Opening Video Illustration: What if? (3 min)
Theme: Time Management
“God created me—and you—to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion—namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.”
― John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life
Last week I asked the Question: How many here want to change the world for the “Good?” Most of you raised your hand and said you did. Did you have a chance to do that this week? Did you reach out to someone and help them? Do a random act of kindness for someone not expecting it?
This week is another week with an opportunity to change the world too – Yes, its election week so go vote for people who stand for Biblical Values!
Share about the warning letter you received last week from “Americans United for Separation of Church and State” about what could happen to me and the church if I try to influence people on how to vote. I could be reported to the IRS, lose our tax exempt status for church, be fined, and incur personal liability. This letter fired me up! This letter is filled with intimidation to tell me not to tell the church people to vote for Biblical Values this election – really?
To change this world and this country will require a resurgence of Biblical morality, Biblical values and a promotion of absolute truths based from the Bible. We need a divine intervention of the Holy Spirit to turn this country around. It’s going in the wrong direction! We have to discover the political candidates in our districts that stand for these Biblical values and vote for them. We need to pray to God for wisdom on who to vote for. We need you to do your home work and look at who we are voting for, check their voting records, look at their character, their belief system, and their value system. Do your homework! Be a wise voter!
Just look at what happened in Houston Texas these last few weeks, rogue mayors pushing their twisted belief system onto others, rejecting legal petitions, rogue judges attacking anything Biblical, look at the attack on Biblical Marriage, the attack on the right to life for babies, the attack on our children to move them away from a Biblical value system in our schools. Have you had enough Christian? It starts with your one vote! Let’s change this country and get it back on track like our founding Fathers set it up in the first place:
Remember some of their great quotes on the Bible and politics:
George Washington said: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” (America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations page 660.)
Daniel Webster said “If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.” (Page 669, AGCEQ).