In the midst of the polarizing cultural and political battles of our day, how should we Christians conduct ourselves? Two days ago on my Eleventary Blog I suggested eleven (of course) Biblical Resolves for the post-Health Care Reform environment we now find ourselves in. I was surprised by the response I got--not just from my friends and my small, faithful following, but from a host of inquirers and interviewers from the mainstream media. I declined all the TV interview requests (I do have a job after all), but I did decide to chat with a couple of old friends on the radio. And that just seemed to stir up even more interest and requests. Hmmm.
Today, I'll do a one more interview--a visit with Chris Fabry on his nationwide Moody Radio broadcast from 2-2:30 PM CST.
Here are the resolves that we'll be discussing:
1. Pray more.
"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17
2. Listen first.
"Be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger." James 1:19
3. Work harder.
"Work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men." Colossians 3:23
4. Serve others.
"Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
5. Defend life.
"Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11-12
6. Grumble less.
"Do not grumble against one another; behold, the Judge is standing at the door." James 5:9
7. Do justice.
"Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Amos 5:24
8. Love mercy.
"He has shown you, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
9. Walk humbly.
"The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor." Proverbs 15:33
10. Rejoice always.
"Rejoice always." 1 Thessalonians 5:16
11. Trust Jesus.
"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns." Revelation 19:6
I'm still just a bit taken aback by the response to these seemingly ordinary Christian callings for daily living. But then, I suppose in these peculiar times, nothing ought to surprise us.