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Summary: How to develope a core vlaue system

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So, You got your value system on EBay.

"These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life... they are foundational words, words to build a life on" (Matthew 7:24 MSG)

A sermon by Kenneth Wright - Sunday, November 05, 2006

Introduction

On Tuesday, October 3, 1999 practically everyone in America stopped what they were doing and gathered around a television or radio. It was the day one of the most shocking episodes in modern history would come to a conclusion. O.J. Simpson would stand before a Judge in California and the verdict would be read in the most infamous Murder trials in history.

Between 1:00 and 1:10 PM when the verdict was announced, everything came to a stop.

People didn’t work –they didn’t go to class – they didn’t make phone calls – they listened to the verdict.

Airplanes had to wait because passengers wouldn’t board before they heard. News conferences were postponed.

The President of the United States left the Oval office to here the reading of the verdict.

the new York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade slowed to a halt.

Electrical companies reported a ninety-three million watt increase as people turned on something, somewhere to catch the news.

Even the air-craft carrier Independence – sailing through the Persian Gulf contacted the Navy Public Affairs Office in Washington DC and piped the verdict through the Carriers sound system.

All this was done to find out the decision of twelve jurors on the fate of one man.

Trials are interesting things.

Evidence is put forth – arguments are considered – testimony is heard.

Then – a decision –based on certain understandings of what is right or wrong – true or false – admissible or inadmissible – must be made.

And make no mistake about the value-based nature of the decision.

Think about the Simpson verdict: People all across American we divided on whether or not O’J. was guilty.

They heard the same evidence and listened to the same testimony – but they came to very different conclusions.

Even a second trial for civil injuries found him guilty.

I mentioned all this to prove a point have you ever wondered ---

The Listener’s Question

Why do people differ over what is right and wrong?

There are probably several reasons and we’re going to look at a few this morning- because it has to do with the system of values you live your life by.

Some people think that

1. Every one has the right to determine what is right or wrong for themselves.

So, it’s your belief that we have certain rights that other people cannot infringe upon.

One of those rights is the freedom to interpret our personal responses to life’s situations for ourselves.

In other words, "What’s right for me may not be right for you."

Okay, Let’s follow that logic.

Would you agree that there are things in our society that certain people will do – and see nothing wrong with doing it?

What about the pedophile?

You know that person that sees nothing wrong with engaging in sexual physical activities with children.

What about the man who has sexual activity with a two years old girl?


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