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CHRISTIANITY IS A VERB
By Steven Garofalo, January 10, 2022 (Copyright 2022) [Podcast Script)

CHRISTIANITY IS A VERB NOT A NOUN

By Steven Garofalo

January 10, 2022

(Copyright 2022) 

If the “united states” is to become “united” once again, and the world to be united in “peace”, one thing must happen, which is reconciliation. In order for reconciliation to occur, we must accept, embrace, and live out our christian faith in verb form as opposed as a noun.

If the “united states” is to become “united” once again, and the world to be united in “peace”, the following must occur.

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THREE THINGS GOD REQUIRES OF US THAT ARE GOOD
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THREE THINGS GOD REQUIRES OF US THAT ARE GOOD

THE LORD REQUIRES GOOD FROM US. TODAY I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU THREE SPECIFIC THINGS THAT GOD REQUIRES OF US IN THIS LIFE TIME.

BEFORE WE START: ASK YOURSELF TWO QUESTIONS: WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT DOE THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU?

ANSWER:

1) TO DO JUSTICE.

2) LOVE KINDNESS.

3) WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD.

IN MICAH 6:8, IN REPLY TO GOD, ISRAEL PROPOSES TO MAKE UP FOR HER SIN BY OFFERING SACRIFICES. BUT GOD REPLIES THAT HE HAS PREVIOUSLY TOLD THEM IN (DEUT. 10:12) THAT HE PREFERS OBEDIENT, SPIRITUAL PEOPLE (V.8), “TO DO JUSTICE”. IN CONTRAST TO 3:2 “KINDNESS”.

HE HAS TOLD YOU, O MAN, WHAT IS GOOD; AND WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU BUT TO DO JUSTICE, AND TO LOVE KINDNESS, AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD?

MICAH 6:8 SPEAKS ABOUT THE UNDERLYING ATTRIBUTES THAT MUST ACCOMPANY ALL TRUE WORSHIP: “WHAT DOES THE LORD” REQUIRE OF YOU. THE IDEA HERE IS THAT GOD SEEKS CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF TRUE WORSHIP FRM HIS PEOPLE. “DO JUSTLY…LOVE MERCY…WALK HUMBLY”. THESE PHRASES SUMMARIZE BIBLICAL PIETY IN TRUE WORSHIP. IN APPLICATION FOR YOU AND I TODAY LET’S GET SOME BIBLICAL CONTEXT.

IN MICAH CHAPTER 6, THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL HAD VIOLATED EACH OF THESE STANDARDS REPEATEDLY. I WOULD SUBMIT THAT IN OUR MODERN AGE, SO HAVE OUR LEADERS OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTED GOD AND BLATANTLY REJECTED THE CONCEPTS OF ACTING AND RULING “JUSTLY”. LOVING CITIZENS BY SHOWING THEM PROPER “MERCY”. POLITICIANS HAVE A FALSE SENSE OF PIETY IN CLAIMING AND TAKING ACTION IN THE NAME OF SOCIAL JUSTICE ABOVE GOD’S WAYS, WORD, AND SPIRIT. THE RULERS IN MICAH’S TIME DID NOT KNOW “JUSTICE” (3:1). THEY HAD NO INTEREST IN “MERCY” (3:2, 3), AND DEMONSTRATED NO “HUMILITY” (3:11). THE WORDS “WITH YOUR GOD” SPEAKS TO THE FACT THAT IT IS THE LORD WHO ULTIMATELY GIVES A PERSON STRENGTH, COURAGE, AND ABILITY TO EXERCISE THE VIRTUES OF GODLY LIVING. TODAY’S POLITICIANS (RULERS) SEE THEMSELVES AS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY INSTEAD OF THOSE PUT INTO AUTHORITY BY THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY-BEING GOD. THIS MISTAKE AS WE READ IN MICAH HAS AND CONTINUES TO BE REPEATED BY LEADERS, RULERS, POLITICIANS, KINGS, AND ALL IN AUTHORITY OVER AND OVER THROUGHOUT HISTORY. BUT WOE TO THOSE WHO ABUSE THEIR AUTHORITY. IT NEVER ENDS GOOD FOR THEM, IF NOT HERE ON EARTH, THEN WHEN THEY STAND BEFORE GOD WILL THEY HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT TO GOD AS THEIR ABUSE OF OTHERS IN THINKING MORE HIGLY OF THEMSELVES AS RULERS RATHER THAN SERVANT LEADERS UNDER THE AUTHORITY. OF GOD.

IN VERSES 6-8, IN OUR FINAL TAKE AWAY, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO ACCEPT THAT MICAH SPEAKS OF HIMSELF HERE AND THAT THESE VERSES DEMONSTRATED GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS THE BASIS FOR HIS DEMANDS REGARDING HOW HIS PEOPLE ARE TO LIVE, ACT AND THINK REGARDING MORAL RIGHTEOUSNESS. IN MICA’S DAY, AS IS TRUE TODAY, THE ISRAELITES HAD BEEN HYPOCRITICAL, EXECUTING THE OFFERING THAT GOD COMMANDED (LEV. 1-8) WITHOUT THE PROPER PREPARATION OF HEART. IT’S NOT THAT GOD DID NOT VALUE ANIMAL SACRIFICES BUT THAT THOSE SACRIFICES NEEDED TO BE OFFERED SINCERELY AS PART OF A WHOLE LIFE LIVED OUT AND GIVEN TO GOD (JER. 17:24-26) AS A LIFE OF SACRIFICE TO GOD.

GOD EXPECTED THE ISRAELITES TO LIVE OUT AND DEMONSTRATE FOR ALL TO SEE THEIR FAITH BY BOTH SACRED RITUAL AND LOVE FOR THEIR FELLOW MEN. IN THE END GOD WANTED ISRAEL, AS HE WANTS FOR US TO MANIFEST THESE THREE CHARACTERISTICS. I WILL READ THEM AGAIN

FIRST IS “JUSTICE” (HEB. “MISHPHAT”) MEANING THE MORAL RECTITUDE OF GOD THAT HIS PEOPLE MAY ALSO POSSESS, (PSALM 106:3) SPEAKS TO THIS IN DEALING WITH OTHER HUMAN BEINGS (JAMES 1:27-2:13).

SECOND IS “KINDNESS” OR (“LOYAL LOVE”, HEBRE WORD HERE IS “CHESED”, MEANING ABSOLUTE FAITHFULNESS TO CONTINENTAL RELATIONSHIPS FO RTHE COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS THAT GOD HAD CALLED TO HIMSELF, AND ..

THIRD, “HUMILITY” (HEBREW WORD IS “SANE” MEANING MODEST RESERVE BEFORE GOD) AND CONTRITION IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ACTION MUST BE BIBLICAL AS OPPOSED TO TODAY’S SECULAR VERSION OF WHAT PEOPLE CONSIDER POLITICAL SOCIAL JUSTICE. CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ACTION MUST BEGIN WITH A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE OF GOD, WHO IS RIGHTEOUS. SOME IN THE MODERN CHURCH HAVE MINIMIZED DOCTRINAL ORTHODOX IN THEIR ADMIRABLE CONCERN FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, RESULTING IN A WEAKENING OF SOUND THEOLOGY. AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANS ON THE OTHER HAND HAVE OVER THE YEARS HELD TENACIOUSLY TO BASIC DOCTRINE AND TENANTS OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH, OFTEN REMAINING UNCONCERNED WITH THE SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THEIR FAITH UNTIL MORE RECENT TIMES. IN CLOSING, BELIEVERS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT TO WALK WITH THE RIGHTEOUS GOD OF THE BIBLE REQUIRES NOT ONE, BUT BOTH OF THESE THINGS. TO ALK WITH GOD RIGHTEOUSLY MEANS TAKING SERIOUS THAT GOD DOES NOT ASK, BUT REQUIRES THAT WE “DO JUSTLY”, “LOVE MERCY”, AND “WALK HUMBLY”. AND THIS IS THE GOD’S TRUTH ABOUT WHAT GOD REQUIRES OF US.

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An Ultimate Moral Law Mandates An Ultimate Moral Law Giver

 

An Ultimate Moral Law-Mandates An Ultimate Moral Law Giver

By Steven Garofalo M.A.A.

U.S. Olympian and famous virgin Lori “Lolo” Jones spoke to the abuse of sexuality taken out of context as God created it by Hollywood in her response to the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, “God Didn’t Create Sex For That Purpose”. The accomplished Olympian said that saving herself for marriage is the “hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”[i] If Lolo can do it with the pressure of being a public figure, we can as well. On the surface, this appears to only be addressing sexual behavior before marriage.  

On January 24th MTV published an article about a new Reality Television Show-showing couples having sex in a sound-proof box. In an Article titled New Show ‘Sex Box’ Features Couples Having Sex On Television… Seriously, writer Madeline Roth writes… “The Premise?  Yep, it’s exactly what you think: “troubled” couples — suffering from things like infidelity and trust issues — will have sex in a soundproof, camera-free hanging glass contraption while a panel of experts discusses their relationship mere feet away….” [ii] 

I see something much deeper going on here though; namely the rejection of God, His ultimate moral law. At the center of the issues is the rejection of the existence of God and His ultimate moral law which help leads us to His agape love. Logic mandates that an ultimate moral law requires an Ultimate Law Maker. The argument for a theistic God using reason goes like this.

1)    Every law has a law giver.

2)    There is a moral law.

3)    Therefore, there is a Moral Law Giver.

If the first and second premises are true, then the conclusion necessarily follows as true and valid. The “Moral Law” is what connects God’s principles to our hearts and minds. Romans chapter two tells us, “For when the Gentles who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 2:14-15) ESV. What the Apostle Paul is saying here is that everyone knows the Moral Law because it is written on our hearts and minds (conscience) by our Creator, almighty God himself. We can deny it in our emotions and actions, but all human beings know deep down inside their hearts, what is morally right, and what is morally wrong.

C.S. Lewis put it this way. “(As an atheist), my argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a straight line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust”?(FOOT NOTE) This raises the question, “What is Sex Box defining he source of love as they encourage and promote erotic sexual behavior to millions of young and old people alike as the solution to repair agape love in both the spirit and heart”? I think the answer starts in Genesis. “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it” (Genesis 3:6) NIV. In short, the problem is that God created us in His image, and we have been returning the favor ever since. In closing, I would like to provide some simple responses we can offer others when confronted with the existence of God and His ultimate moral.

U.S. Olympian and famous virgin Lori “Lolo” Jones spoke to the abuse of sexuality taken out of context as God created it by Hollywood in her response to the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, “God Didn’t Create Sex For That Purpose”. The accomplished Olympian said that saving herself for marriage is the “hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”[iii] If Lolo can do it with the pressure of being a public figure, we can as well.

When we as Christians are confronted with objections against an absolute, God given moral law, we can respond with a couple of simple answers. First, we can respond with, “Why not?-Would that be immoral”? Or, “These are not my morals, they are our morals. I didn’t make them up any more than I made up 2+2=4. Be prepared because the moral relativism will often deny the moral law in one sentence while assuming it in the next. What I mean by that is that they will deny an Ultimate Moral Law but assume that what they are saying as an “ultimately morally right and true”.

The only person that fits the bill as Moral Law giver is God in the person of Jesus Christ. God created us, and we should be seeking to become more like Him than trying to make and mold God to fit what we want Him to be. When Christians are willing to share God’s Moral Law, culture will begin to see that the solution Sex Box is trying to solve-trust and infidelity, cannot be solved primarily by Eros, but by God’s agape love. From agape love, all the other forms of love naturally flow from God’s love for us in proper form. When we begin to do this, our own view of God and morality will be revolutionized and our desire and ability to share that truth with a lost and dying world seeking God’s true love through Sex In A  Box.

For more on Moral Relativism, you can order Steven Garofalo’s book, Right For You, But Not For Me-A Response To Moral Relativism at http://reasonfortruth.org/#/seminars/order-book or on Amazon.

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