I have just returned from my weekly drive up into Mennonite territory to obtain a gallon of fresh milk. I usually listen to Bott Radio on the trip, and this am the topic was Elijah’s confrontation with the 450 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, a site I had visited just last year in Israel. It emphasized the admonition, “choose you this day whom you will serve”. Some never make that decision in time. My wife and I live by the verse on our wall, “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. (Joshua 24:15)
Many do not realize that the spirit of Baal is alive today, and starkly illustrated by the practice of abortion, the slaughter of innocent babies. This is, unfortunately, a major plank of the Democrat Party, the one controlled by communists and socialists. If you are a Democrat and call yourself a Christian you need to ask yourself why you are supporting murder and other activities that God hates (hint: homosexuality). Don’t get too irate; the upper levels of the Republican Party are just as bad.
The Mennonites are a pleasure to do business with. They honor God and are honest and hard-working. How often do you find a place where you can walk into a house that is unlocked, leave your money on the kitchen table, and pick up your milk that was collected an hour or two ago and left in a cooler for you?
After I had petted “Frisky”, “Misty”, and old “Shep”, a gentleman out front handed me a large yellowish melon that he identified as a “Crenshaw, sort of like a cantaloupe”. I normally don’t like cantaloupes, but I will try this since it was given out of generosity and appreciation.
The temperature was moderate and it was a delight to drive with the window down with a prospect of rain. The fields were beautiful, and spoke of much labor that had been expended there. Animals both wild and domestic were on display and there was a sense of peace, often lacking in our daily scene of political in-fighting and corruption, and other forms of stress.
It called to mind the hope [the confident expectation of good] of living in the Millenium, the coming one-thousand year reign of Christ Jesus from the capitol of the world, Jerusalem. There will be no war, no more death at a young age, only worldwide joy and peace. And for those of us who have gladly allowed Jesus to exchange our sins for His righteousness it gets much better after that!
If you are not a member of God’s family, you need to be, and you don’t have to do anything to “earn” a place. Jesus did it all for you, and once you allow Him to save you, none of your sins, past present or future, will ever be held against you. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” ( Romans 8:1) We are no longer under the Ten Commandments, the “Law of sin and death”. Your relationship with God is not dependent on your behavior or obedience, it is firmly established by Christ’s sinless behavior and His obedience. It’ all about grace now. (unearned, undeserved favor)
Don’t get me wrong. The Ten Commandments are good, they are perfect, but they cannot make you good or perfect. They are righteous, but cannot make you righteous. Those of us who are Christians can say with confidence that we are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) No, we are not perfect, but God sees us that way when He sees the blood of His son applied to the doorposts of our lives. That’s the Good News!