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The Cross or the Dollar Sign

by Don Pedal  
8/03/2012 / Christian Living

The Cross or the Dollar Sign
As I read the daily newspaper and listened to our media, I became aware of the subtle changes occurring in our culture. Some of these changes have been taking place for a long time. Maybe I have not been paying attention or maybe they have become more blatant.
Our culture has been quietly replacing the Cross of Christ with the dollar sign.
A major part of our society now looks to Washington to provide their personal well-being and seem to feel it is a right guaranteed by the constitution. Our courts assume the authority to invalidate the results of elections legally conducted by citizens. Courts mandate that the desires of the state overrule our Christian beliefs when it comes to abortion, the definition of marriage and the dignity and value of human life when making end of life decisions.
Our government seems controlled by Super Pacs funded by wealthy individuals, corporations and banks. Candidates who raise the most money can now control elections.
Banks use taxpayer's money to finance the gambling casinos of Wall Street.
As I became aware of this grim picture of our culture, I began to have thoughts of despair. Most of these issues are out of my control or sphere of influence. Is there anything I can do to make a difference? Why should I even care?
Slowly I began to realize that, like Joshua of old, we have an important decision to make.
Who will I serve, God or the world system --- this is the question. Either we will actively choose to serve the Lord or we passively turn to the world system. If we choose to do nothing we will have chosen the latter.
Will we serve God and place our complete trust in Him to provide all our needs, physical, emotional and spiritual --- or will we cling to the world system to try to control and earn the fulfillment of our needs?
In serving the world system, we are practicing a form of idolatry in that, anything we place before God, He sees as idolatry.
We cannot work our way to heaven. Only the works done through our relationship with Christ will survive, to be stored for us in heaven. All other works are like hay and stubble, burned at the final judgment.
As we ponder our decision, ask yourself, what is the world system offering me? It all seems so alluring. Money came to mind. Of course, we want more of it. We could pay off the credit cards. Lower or pay off our mortgage. Start saving. I could go on and on.
If we played our cards right, we might be able to change things now --- no waiting --- no hoping about the future. The world tells us we can have it all right now, compliments of our bankcard.
Why did uneasiness creep into my mind? Why are my thoughts so troubled when everything seemed so clear moments ago? Maybe that small inner voice was telling me to consider what Jesus promised in His Word (Matt. 6:30-34).
Our Lord also said, "As we sow, so shall we reap". If we choose to follow Him and put Him first in our lives, He promised to take care of all our needs, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
The way of the world is a smoothly paved highway. The path to serving God is through a narrow gate and an unpaved path. When you open that gate, you will find Jesus waiting for you and His Holy Spirit to guide you.
Begin by welcoming Jesus and entrusting your life to Him. Dust off that Bible so long unused.
As you study the living Word of God, it will open up to you as a flower opens to the sunshine. You will soon find out why we call it "The Living Word".
Begin a daily quiet time with Jesus. He loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you down to the most mundane events. How can your spiritual life grow unless you have that time with Him? Your spiritual life is like a beautiful flower, it has to be nurtured. Your devotion to Jesus will produce the life of peace and joy that God promises.
Jesus is waiting to begin your life with Him. He loves you but the decision is yours. If not now, when?
Do not wait or ponder, begin this new glorious life NOW!

As a senior citizen, I am dedicated to serving the Lord through sharing my experiences and insights with other believers. My primary focus is upon being an disciple of Jesus and, in being one, I can help others to find their spiritual way also.
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