Most of America knows that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Ten Commandments are no longer required to be displayed in any government courthouse. This landmark decision has been covered exhaustively by the media, but what does the ruling mean?
If I seek to please man, I simply cannot be a servant of Christ. If my heart is motivated by the approval of others, my loyalties will be divided, and the driving force behind my actions will be confused. I’ll always be striving to please someone other than Jesus.
The Bible makes it clear that there is a fear of the Lord that every believer is to cultivate. True fear of God includes awe and respect, but it goes much further than that.
David tells us, “An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes” (Psalm 36:1, NKJV). David is saying, “When I see somebody indulging in evil, my heart tells me that such a person has no fear of God. He doesn’t acknowledge the truth about sin or about God’s call to holiness.”
I heard a bestselling author talk about how one of the great problems we face in America today and the modern church is busyness, and I believe it. It’s so common to talk to people and hear them say, “Oh, I’m so busy. I have so much going on in my life.”
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Holiness smacks in the face of popular cultural trends and feel-good teachings. We'd much rather prefer what benefits us than surrendering to God's holy authority. Holiness drives you to your knees in death to self, choosing obedience to Christ rather than self-fulfillment. Which will you choose?
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.