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Summary: This sermon was written after the 10 Commandments were removed from the Supreme Court Building in Alabama. It is a Biblical response to a society or government that is anything but Biblical.

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“How Christians Should Respond to a Non-Christian World”

I Timothy 2:1-5 & Titus 3:1-2

1TI 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its proper time.

TIT 3:1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

INTRODUCTION

• This is a type of sermon I rarely ever preach…one that is in response to current events. Take a look at the issues that have risen to prominence in our nation in recent years:

The 10 Commandments being removed

Gay marriages

The Election of a Gay Bishop in another major denomination

Allegations of impropriety in the White House

• Some have suggested that if only we could get a Christian in the White House and in other places of government then things would change

Well, we have a born-again President, A/G Attorney General, a number of Christians in Congress and in the courts and; still, NOTHING HAS CHANGED in our country

• Some have suggested that if we would just return to the “good old days” then things would be great again and America would finally return to the innocence our country once enjoyed

Did you know this?

In every decade, you will find evidence of widespread secularism and disregard for Christian morals. Listen to these stats:

 On the eve of the Civil War, there were roughly 160,000 abortions in a non-slave population of 27 million---almost the proportional equivalent to our current figure in our country

 By 1900, 20% of our American children lived in orphanages

 In the middle of the 19th Century, New York City had one prostitute for every 64 men and the age of sexual consent on some states was nine or ten

 During the Depression in the 1930’s, divorce rates fell but desertion and domestic violence rose sharply

 Murder rates in the 1930’s were as high as they were in the 1980’s

• I find it hard to believe that the devil was desperate for recruits before prayer was removed from school or MTV came around

• We have tried to combat some of these issues with boycotts, petitions, letters to the editor and maybe even threats…but, I will say it again, nothing much has changed!

• Some may wonder if I am trying to be “politically correct” this morning…actually, I am trying to be BIBLICALLY CORRECT

• What does the Bible have to say about how we should respond to our “Non-Christian” world?

I. PRAY {I Timothy 2:1, 2}

1TI 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

• My friend, I am going to suggest to you that the greatest way we can take a stand against what we see as unbiblical is PRAYER!

• You cannot fight a spiritual battle with earthly means

2CO 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

EPH 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

• Our prayers for all of those in authority is not dependant upon whether we agree with their politics or not.

1 PET 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

• You might be saying, “Pastor, we need to stand up & fight for our rights.” I would suggest that the best way to fight is on our knees in prayer!

EPH 5:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

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