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From the Pulpit: Have you sold out?

September 22, 2013
By THE REV. GARY C. LILLY - Restoration Church , Weirton Daily Times

(First appeared in "The Senior News" used with permission.)

Bought anything really nice lately? Maybe a new car, or something for a loved one? I bought my wife a new watch for our anniversary. In the early spring I bought myself a new putter for my golf game - now I routinely sink nearly every six to eight inch putt I am challenged to make. The putter cost more than the watch but the watch is far more dependable.

I have another question for you - have you sold out yet? Are you one of the many who have substituted political correctness for truth? Have you compromised what you know is right for that which is more convenient? Have you bought-in to the lies of moral relativism and modernism? Have you made the reckless transition from a "Father Knows Best" morality to a "Family Guy" philosophy? Are you part of the cowardly, narcissistic throng of moral midgets who foolishly trod the path of least resistance discarding your values and dignity along the way? What's going on in your heart at this moment? Are you standing tall on the inside or are you bent over in shame? Are you being true to what you know is right or have you thoughtlessly changed with the times? Are you standing on a moral and spiritual rock or are you floundering in the shifting sands that will eventually bog you down and destroy you and those around you?

In the pages of the Bible we find these ancient words of wisdom from the pen of King Solomon and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: "Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding." Proverbs 23:23. The prophet Isaiah spoke about a time of spiritual decline and said: "Justice is turned back, and righteousness stand far away; for truth has stumbled in the street, and uprightness cannot enter." Isaiah 59:14.

While we were busy with life and having fun - while we were building our nest egg and "doing our thing" - while we were too busy to pray and too lazy to check things out - a terrible thing happened on the way to eternity: truth stumbled in the street. And we either walk around it, step over it or pretend it isn't there. It's one thing to be ignorant and innocent and pray for mercy. But we know better! To know what is right to do and not do it is what God calls sin; and it should bother us and convict us and pierce our hardened hearts.

We need to send the U.S. Congress to Sunday school, ask every member of the U.S. Supreme Court to read the Bible followed by the U.S. Constitution; and we need to pray that our President will discover the true meaning of the final verse of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war's desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

But we cannot place all the blame on those in elected offices. They are but a reflection of our collective lethargy, apathy, and cowardice. We are no longer on a moral slippery slope - we are in a spiritual free-fall. God has shed His grace on America and now more than ever we need to fall on our faces in contrition and appropriate that amazing grace and beg for mercy. AND DON'T SELL THE TRUTH!

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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