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“WDGS”

A few years back there was a very popular slogan that swept across the country with four letters on a bracelet.  The letters were WWJD and served as a reminder when anyone got in a tough spot to ask themselves, “What Would Jesus Do?”.  Another slogan that became popular put on bracelets was, PUSH – “Pray Until Something Happens.”  We are living in a day the Apostle Paul told us was coming.  As you read chapter three of 2 Timothy you’ll find these words, “Mark this…there will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power – (then note this), Have nothing to do with them.”  The last few words indicate we have a choice of the type people we want to run with.

 

More and more I’m being asked by people, in and out of the church, what do I think about certain things.  These questions are usually centered around “hot button” social issues of the day.  Examples would be, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, forgiving someone that hurt them badly, hard feelings toward an individual or group of people because of their race, prejudicial political preferences or how they had been treated in the past.  The list could goes on as there are many social issues today that cause tension among lots of people, even in Christian circles (and churches).  I’ve learned what I say may be helpful to some and not at all to others.  Go back and read the opening scripture reference – Paul said a day is coming when people care more about pleasing themselves than anyone or anything else.  You didn’t ask, but it’s my column so here’s my advice to anyone struggling with ANY issue as to whether it’s right or wrong.  The bottom line you must determine is this, “Pleasing who is most important – yourself or God?”

 

Let me be clear, any advice received from me or anyone else is just that – one person’s perspective on what they know and feel about the subject.  The advice may be absolutely correct or totally wrong – here is what you must understand – if you truly want to know if there is a right or wrong in something find do this – WDGS?  Find out “What Does God SAY” about it?  What are the consequences of disobeying what He says?  Here are some examples, everyone knows we are to love one another.  He also calls us a murderer at heart if we hate someone (I John 3:15). That’s what God says – what’s so hard to understand about that? But, He goes on, “anyone who doesn’t love others doesn’t love me” (I John 4:20).  Ephesians 5:8 says, “You were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light – find out what pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:12-13 says, “As God’s people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  Over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity.”  My words and those of others may be helpful, maybe not, but the truth is, “What God Says” has eternal value.  We all must find out what He has to say on things we may be wondering about.  So, if you want to know the truth about something find out – WDGS! (If you are struggling with a certain issue and wondering if God says anything about it, drop me a note and I’ll do my best to help you.  FYI – hit reply and it comes directly to me personally).

 

Pastor Carnes