A COMMON PURSUIT

friday devotional

“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

A community is forged and held together by the pursuit of common values and convictions. As evidenced in the current events of our day, when these are absent a spirit of anarchy and civil unrest abounds. Whether it’s done in the name of freedom, democracy, intellectual inquiry, political correctness, or any other myriad causes, previously understood moral absolutes have been criticized and removed from the public square by the brokers of cultural influence. We then wonder how we came to be a society plagued by irresponsibility, the absence of human regard, and no fear of consequence. To quote C.S. Lewis, “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful” (The Abolition of Man). Bemoaning society accomplishes nothing. Living out the commandments of God is the only appropriate response for all of us.

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