“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
God ordained two institutions to control man’s sin…one is the family, the other is the government. The family is for the purpose of controlling individuals in one of the very most intimate level of human relationships. The family exists for the purpose of teaching children that they have to live a controlled life. They have to learn how to get a handle on their sinfulness and they learn that by understanding there are consequences for sinful behavior. The family is the first point of accountability to exercise personal control. If you have the breakdown of the family, you have the loss of all of that. We sure see that today in our society.
Secondly, there is government, the institution that God has ordained for control within the society in which we live. Personal control should be taught, nurtured in the family. Social control is the responsibility of the government. Those are the two institutions that God has ordained. And in the family, God says the parents have the authority and the children are to submit to it. And in the government, God says the government is the authority there and the citizens are to submit to it. And if you don’t have personal controls being enforced firmly, justly, and righteously in a family, it leads to the breakdown of a society.
The hope and future of the United States of America is not with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. It is not with improved race relations or gun control. The answer for the chaos around us is found with Jesus Christ. I realize as Christians we have the opportunity and privilege to participate in the electoral process within our representative form of government, and we should be good stewards of the that and take advantage of that opportunity. But please don’t lose sight of the real issue here we see playing out all around us in this fallen world in which we live. We have a fatal sin problem that can only be remedied by the gospel.
“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short
of the glory of God” Rom 3:22–23
The only hope for equity and justice and mercy and all of that imbalance in our society, the only hope is Jesus Christ transforming people’s hearts.
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1