The Third Chapter: The Doctrine of Truth
“If men used as much care in uprooting vices and implanting virtues as they do in discussing problems, there would not be so much evil and scandal in the world, or such laxity in religious organizations.” – from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
What would happen if Washington and our state leaders would embrace this truth? Crime would be down while church attendance would be up. Deceit and lies would be replaced with integrity and character. Court cases would be down and prisons would have fewer inmates.
Oh yes, what would happen if the population would focus more on uprightness than the issues of the day? Hearts and minds would be centered on living in right relationship with their God. Prayer and repentance would become a national priority and every debate and discussion would first be brought before the throne of grace. Then the blessing of 2 Chronicles 7:14 would not be just another hope but a reality for the nations.
Oh my, What would happen if the church would begin to think and speak positively and stop the negativity spreading throughout Gods people? The back biting and gossip would cease. Encouragement and hope would fill our spirits. Love and mercy would replace clicks and wrong motives and attitudes.
What would happen if … ? There are plenty of problems in the world we live in. And though there is nothing wrong with open discussion on the problems we all face from day-to-day; when we neglect the priority of Godliness to focus on these problems we lose sight on what is most important. Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President once said “If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.” May we all repent of our own sins and strive for Godliness.