Weekend Thought by David Cackett

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IT is not an over-statement to say that the whole world is facing a crisis.

Parents, teachers, policemen, politicians, governments and the church. All are being questioned as to their authority. We seem to have reached the point where the basis of all authority is being shaken.

For many years, Christians did not have this problem. When they came to the Bible they were out of the realm of debate. They sat at the feet of the master and learned but now the authority of the Bible is challenged.

If this is believed, the church has no message in a world that is being torn apart with terror.

Daily shocks caused through current events are but symptoms of a much broader problem than the right or wrong of government policies. They are the result of what the Bible calls sin.

Greed, lust, pride, jealousy, envy, anger; all have flourished in our modern society.

The western world knows great prosperity, the standard of living has improved beyond the wildest dreams of our forefathers; yet what have we got?

More folk living on drugs, many young people not able to cope with life and more of our leaders finding the burden of responsibility beyond them.

How many do we meet who are unhappy and discontent with their lot? Often the happiest are the poorest with fewer of this world’s goods.

Knowledge is one thing but what we actually believe is quite another. What we believe will determine what kind of person we are. When confidence in the Bible is lost, spiritual and moral growth is stunted and character is changed.

The message of the Bible is sure and simple: “Look to me and be saved; all the ends of the earth, for I am God, there is no other.” Isaiah 45.22.