Friday, April 24, 2015

Uprigthtness (Elements of Existence) #AtoZChallenge

Look at Earth from the Heaven
Look at Earth from the Heaven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.

Psalm 84:10-11
English Standard Version (ESV)

         These days there often seems to be little concern for decent moral behavior.  Many people are shameless about how they conduct themselves on social media and the things they put online about themselves.   In public places we see people dressed without regard to decency and using language that we are embarrassed for our children to overhear.   There seems to be a general lack of respect for standards of decency and uprightness of character.

          High profile public figures often show blatant disregard for respectful behavior and many flaunt their inappropriateness as their badge of individuality and badness.  Bad is good in the eyes of modern culture while sin is merely another synonym for having a good time.  As our society is turning topsy-turvy, Satan is undoubtedly thrilled to see so much disobedience of God's commands.

           Raising children and keeping ones morality on track are challenges that Christians have always faced, but now more than ever we are constantly tempted to fall into sinful ways and evil thoughts.  Each of our lives is merely a brief flash in the span of time.   Is a moment of carnal pleasure or immoral action worth sacrificing an eternity in Paradise with God?

           When we walk upright and keep our sights high, we can lift ourselves above the filth that is all around us.  Our uprightness sets an example for others and especially for our children and the younger generations who look up to us.  

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;  but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:5-8
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 comment:

  1. My daughter and I were just talking about this today. She is in public high school as a sophomore after not being in the public school system since 2nd grade. Even as I wonder what kinds of things are being taught in the homes of her fellow students, I realize that even when parents are upright and teach the right things, kids still make decisions that do not reflect the parents' values. I would love to see so much more uprightness in people as it just makes for a more pleasant and enjoyable life.


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