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This Week's Bulletin Article


     What is truth? Each and every person must come to grips with that question. These days, some will say that truth is whatever seems right to you. They have no problem with the fact that you may believe something different than they believe. However, when your truth leaves no room for their truth, now we start to have a problem. The same people who, moments earlier, were sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, swaying, holding hands, and singing, "All we are saying is give peace a chance," are, all of a sudden, in your face yelling and screaming because you are an evil, intolerant bigot and deserve to die a horrible, excruciating death. Okay, I've never had this happen to me, but I have seen similar outbursts on the internet (isn't technology wonderful).

     You can go around and try to tell people that Jesus was a good guy and he did some good things for people back in the day and he said some good things. If that is as far as you go, then people probably won't get mad at you. It's when you start getting exclusive that people have a problem. That's the problem with many who profess to be followers of Christ. We "go along to get along." I will say just enough but not too much so people won't get mad at me. After all, Christians are supposed to be all about peace, right?

     In Matthew 10:34-36, Jesus says, Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household (ESV).

     Jesus makes very exclusive statements. John 14:6, Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (ESV) His apostles also made very exclusive statements as well. Acts 4:11-12, This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (ESV).

     God's word tells people to do things that they don't want to do. God's word also tells people not to do things that they want to do. What are we going to do? Will we do what God wants or will we do what we want to do? What will we tell others? Will we not say anything so we can “keep the peace” at home or at work or even among those with whom we worship?

     The sword that Jesus brought was the word of God. Hebrews 4:12-13, For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account (ESV).

     If I only trust in myself, then I will do what I want to do. When my life is over and I stand before the Lord in judgment and have to give an account for my thoughts, words, and actions (or the lack thereof), will my excuse be that I didn't want to make my coworkers mad at me or upset my family members because the Bible teaches things that they did not believe?

     John 3:36, Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (ESV).

Greg Surles
Birdwell Lane church of Christ

Preacher: Greg Surles

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Teaching, Training and Transforming Lives Into
The Image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29)