When travel plans go awry, is can be frustrating. My flight out of BWI on Monday was canceled due to equipment breakdown. I’m glad that was discovered by the crew as we sat on the runway, rather than in the air. It meant returning to the terminal, deplaning, and a waiting for 10 hours.
That delay created a cascade of problems that had to be worked out: find a last minute replacement to speak in my stead at the meeting that night in California, find a different person to pick me up at the airport when my flight finally did arrive, and change the location of where I would stay that night. So I prayed, “Lord, you knew in advance what was going to happen this morning—help all those involved find solutions to each of these problems.” And our Lord graciously did. The President of Eagle Forum California gracious agreed to drive three hours one way to speak at the meeting; another leader in the TEA party was going to be in Sacramento and agreed to pick me up; and arrangements by another leader provided overnight accommodations at a Bed and Breakfast. God is good, and it is always greatly encouraging when we see such quick and direct answers to prayer.
Well, the next morning at the B&B, the proprietor and I were conversing when he commented, “S you’re a political pastor? I didn’t think such a thing was possible.” I shared with him that it wasn’t that I was political, but that I was committed to proclaiming the whole counsel of God as it applied in every area of life, including that regarding law and civil government. We had a very enjoyable conversation, and he and his wife came to the meeting at which I spoke.
When we study the Word of God, we find that it deals with every significant issue in life and every relevant area of life. Our goal as disciples of Jesus Christ is to know the whole counsel of God in every area of life so that we may comprehend and obey. It is actually a variety of heresy to only proclaim some of what the Bible proclaims, to present an attenuated message, to restrict preaching to only those subjects which related to one’s personal salvation, rather than the full-orbed proclamation that Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and, therefore, the one who must be obeyed in every area of life.
This morning, we are speaking to an area that affects every one of us every day. It is the Biblical worldview on economics. Every time you make a purchase, God’s law of economics are involved. Every time you go to work, where you are selling your labor in exchange for something, you are engaged in God’s law of economics. Every time you sell an item—whether at a yard sale, on Ebay, or in a retail store—you are involved in God’s law of economics.
God’s law speaks to property ownership, employment, what money is and honest weights and measures. All of these essential economic issues are dealt with in the Word of God, yet little is heard from the pulpits of our land on these issues. Indeed when we compare what the Word of God says and what has become standard practices in America, particularly in the last century, we find a multitude of violations of God’s Law which bring oppression and grief to the citizens of our land.
Having the mind of Christ, loving God with all our heart, soul and mind involves thinking about economics through the lens of Scripture, it means obeying God’s law in this area of life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. It will also mean that we will testify in our culture against violations of God’s law and especially those that become institutionalized. When violations of God’s Law become institutionalization it causes many people to think those violations are okay, because that’s just the way things are done now in our supposedly enlightened society.
The church in America needs to repent. George H. Gallup, in his group’s survey of Christians in America, concludes, “There’s little difference in ethical behavior between the churched and the unchurched. There’s as much pilferage and dishonesty among the churched as the unchurched. And I’m afraid that applies pretty much across the board: religion, per se, is not really life changing. People cite it as important, for instance, in overcoming depression—but it doesn’t have primacy in determining behavior.” These things ought not to be so. Repentance is more than just sorry over our violations of God’s Law, it is commitment to change our behavior; “Let him that stole, steal no more.”
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