How much does the Bible get in the way of what you believe? If you're like most Christians, you believe in Jesus, but you've compartmentalized your faith so that your Bible beliefs have only a little influence over other areas of your life. For many, the Bible doesn't influence what they believe one iota! As long as they claim to believe on Jesus, they think they can believe whatever they want about issues in life and society. That is absolutely wrong! All that this means is they have not been taught to observe all things Jesus commanded:
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20a] teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20a, New King James Version
You see, a disciple is a person who observes all things Jesus commanded. By and large, the church has not been making disciples. Their goal has basically been "Let's just get people born again and make sure they're headed to heaven. Everything else will work out." This has caused problems. Because the church isn't teaching people to observe all things Jesus commanded, there's a void in society where Christians ought to be taking a stand. When it comes to social, moral issues, a lot of Christians are silent or they oppose what the Bible says. They've professed faith in the Lord, but they aren't disciples. That might sound shocking to you, but look at how Jesus responded to people who only put faith in Him:
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. John 8:31
It's not enough just to get saved so you won't go to hell. It's not about an insurance policy. You have to continue in Jesus' words if you're going to be His disciple. This ought to be the goal of every single Christian. Yet it's amazing how many don't get this. They think the Bible shouldn't influence what they think about economics, racial issues, marriage, or health. When it comes to hot topics like homosexuality, abortion, and evolution, the church is divided. Most would say, "See, now you've gone to meddling. You just need to stick to preaching the Word and stop getting into politics and social issues." But I am preaching the Word! It's not me who is invading the social, political arena; these things are encroaching on what the Bible has to say. The Word of God has instruction for every one of these areas.
The Word of God has a lot to say about the issues we're facing in society today. If we stay silent, the unbelievers-who don't have a biblical worldview-are going to be the ones establishing all of the policies, determining what we can and can't say, and what we can do and can't do. This is already happening, and many Christians have just accepted this. They've moved away from the words of Jesus. They don't know what the Word of God has to say on all of these things...
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