This Thursday, 21 May, is Ascension Day.
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Why are so many things going Wrong?
Recently, I was asked by a Christian leader: "Why is there so much corruption, crime and violence in our society? Why is there so much immorality, even in the church? Why are we seeing so many moral failures and scandals amongst leaders in business, in every level of government and even in the church?"
Teen idol Miley Cyrus, caused controversy at the MTV Video Music Awards last year with a raunchy performance with Robin Thicke. Along with her explicit music video Wrecking Ball, this has led media commentators to wonder if she is the new Madonna.
The signing of the Marriage Bill 2014, on 30 April, by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, legalized polygamous "marriage" between one man and multiple women.
With the extraordinary pressures to re-define marriage and accommodate the demands by gay activists for homosexual unions to be accepted as "marriage", many are asking: Well, what difference does it make?
“Any one who claims to be in the light, but hates his brother is still in the darkness.” 1 John 2:9
The Bible warns us that: “Envy rots the bones” Proverbs 14:30 and “Pride only breeds quarrels” Proverbs 13:10
The Word of God warns us of “The ruthless…mockers…with an eye for evil…” Isaiah 29:20
The Bible tells us of Esau who held a grudge against his brother Jacob (Genesis 27:41), and of Joseph’s brothers who hated and bullied their younger brother to such an extent that they betrayed him and sold him into slavery to Egypt. “They hated him and could not speak a kind word to him” Genesis 37:4.
The Lord Jesus taught: “The world hates Me because I testify that what it does is evil.” John 7:7
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.” John 15:18
“Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” 1 John 3:15
”When the results of life are all gathered up it will probably be seen that the things which have made the deepest and most lasting impressions in our homes and upon our children have not been the things we did with purpose and intention, planning to produce a certain effect, but the things we did when we were not thinking of training or influencing or affecting any other life.” J.R. Miller
Are you raising a bully, a victim or a bystander?
The tragic death of a 16 year old, grade 11 pupil, has highlighted the problem of bullying and violence in schools.
Durban High School student, Shane McCarroll, tragically died in hospital after a fight at a friend’s 18th birthday party in Amanzintoti. Shane’s jaw was broken in two places and his right cheek bone was fractured. An artery in his neck ruptured, and a clot formed starving his brain of oxygen. He suffered a major stroke and was declared brain dead. According to a report in the Sunday Times (23/07/06), some of the youngsters had drunk alcohol before arriving at the party.
The role of women in the home has been under attack for many decades. Exactly what it means to be a godly woman and finding her rightful place in God’s created order has always been a quest. Women have longed to know how to be fulfilled and how they can play a meaningful part in society at large.
Before the advent of television, Hollywood, the internet and other mass media, women had less difficulty accepting with a happy heart the role of home-maker, wife and mother. Even those curious to know what other avenues they may be able to explore suspected that ultimately raising a family and being married may be the keys to happiness.
The challenge of determining the meaning of true Biblical womanhood is not unique to our, or our mother’s, generation. Though it is harder for us today, as we are bombarded by a cacophony of ideas, opinions, and trends, it is not unique to our time. In Proverbs we find the lament “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). So even then Biblical femininity was hard to find.
We, as teenagers, often tend to associate modesty with old grannies wearing their old-fashioned frocks, stockings, and out-of-date shoes. But that isn’t what modesty really is. Sure they support that and dress accordingly to how they feel they should dress, but just because we’re told to dress modestly, doesn’t mean we have to be unfashionable or frumpy. Standing up and making a stand against immoral and skanky dress wear gives us a chance to be different and create our own dress style! My “style” is constantly changing and evolving but I have one basic sort of rule that I use as a guideline: BE DIFFERENT!