Green Leaf Press Quarterly Newsletter July 2007
A recent Gallup Poll dated June 4, 2007, plumbed the belief of the American people in a number of areas of morality. They dealt with sixteen areas and asked whether they were Morally Acceptable or Morally Wrong. Some of the results follow:
|Area of Moral Belief Questioned||Morally Acceptable||Morally Wrong|
|Married men and women having an affair||6%||91%|
|Sex between an unmarried man and woman||59%||38%|
|Having a baby outside of marriage||54%||42%|
I presume that at least some of the items in the above list disturb you; perhaps many of them. We recognize that correct moral values are a part of the adhesive that holds society together, and that the farther we depart from them the more likely are increasing signs of disintegration. I don’t think that it does us much good to become upset with the problems in our society—unless we are moved to do something constructive. I would remind you that truth is the primary instrument God has given to those who believe in him. The corollary must be that we are to share, advocate and broadcast the truth given to us by God as well as we can.
John 8:31,32, "Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him. If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
Titus 1:9, "He (elder/bishop) must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it."
Ephesians 6:17, "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
II Timothy 2:24,25, "And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth."
We need to be strong in the truth. We need to be experts in discerning the difference between truth and falsehood. I am not contending for complexity. We must honor Occam’s razor (no complexity without necessity) as far as we can, and remember that the most basic and profound truths are frequently the most simple.
Psalm 119:130 "The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple."
This passage reminds us that the unsophisticated person with the word of God is stronger than the sophisticate without that word. Psalm 119:99,100, reenforces this:
"I have more understanding than all my teachers, for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep thy precepts."
If we are to make a generalization, it is sadly true that the amount of biblical study and knowledge on the part of Christians in the United States is small. We allow ourselves to be too easily distracted and as a result neglect our main business. I like the following statement by Galileo,
"The same God that has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect did not intend us to forego their use."
While the following statement is of a general character, it surely applies to us as well:
"Maybe we don’t need a national debate. Maybe what we really need are leaders with more character, followers with more discrimination, deciders who hear as well as listen and media that know the difference between the public interest and what the public is interested in. National debates nicely fulfill the circus part of the bread-and-circuses formula of modern public life....And in our post-modern era, they do a nice job substituting for the hard work of actually figuring out what’s true and what’s good." Martin Kaplan, USC Annenberg School, LA Times, 12/19/06
We continue to promote books that will help people in the study of the Bible and that will guide them in engaging with the society of which we are a part. We want to continue to carry a few books that are helpful to children. To that end we are adding The Adventure Bible by Zondervan. It is all NIV Bible with illustrations and helps that will especially appeal to children ages nine to twelve. We have added The Blind Side by Michael Lewis, a terrific sports story inside of which is the wonderful Christian redemptive work of one family in Memphis, Tennessee.
We very much appreciate your continuing interest and prayers.
Foster H. Shannon, President
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