When God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites (his people), he began by reminding them of who he is. – “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from Egypt, the place of your slavery.” Exodus 20:2
When we come to Jesus and ask him to be Lord of our life, he rescues us from our own place of slavery. Slavery to sin. – We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. Romans 6:6
When we accept Christ as our Savior, we become one of God’s dearly loved children, grafted into the promises he made to the Israelites. (Romans 11:17) We become part of his plan for salvation. We become one to whom the Commandments were given. And we decide whether they matter to us or not.
Our decision to live our lives with a Biblical worldview, shaped by God’s Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), or to adopt a worldview that fits in with the society we live in, will directly impact the generations that follow us.
“I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected – even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.” Exodus 20:5 & 6
So how are we doing with that? Are we showing our children (so they can show their children) that God’s law is the law. That the Bible is the first source for determining what is right and wrong? That laws and rules that people create cannot be contrary to God’s Word. That people don’t get to decide that it’s time to change things. That as Christians, we must be bold in our faith and not accept the status quo just because it’s easier; or because someone eloquent in speech comes along and convinces the multitudes.
It seems nowadays as though those that are going against God’s Word are a lot more bold and outspoken than those of us who’s hearts are aching because of the ungodliness abounding. God sees what’s happening and the Bible tells us that the world will get uglier and uglier as Christ’s return nears. But as we await his glorious appearing – we would be wise to remember which side we’re on. To stand for what we know is right and to raise our children to do the same so that they will be not be counted with those that are suppressing the truth.
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. Romans 1:18-22
Let’s be sure that the legacy we leave the generations to come is one of proclaiming truth not conceding to the fools.