WHAT CAN I DO?

United StatesI am just one guy. I am not very important. Yet when I look at the state of my country, I wonder what I can do.  Fortunately, I can look into the past — into the Bible — and see what wiser men have done before.

Joshua 24:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24 is the last chapter in the Book of Joshua. The Book of Joshua tells us how Joshua led the Hebrews into the Promised Land and conquered. Now Joshua has grown old, but he has one thing left to do. He calls the People together. He reviews their history, and he asks them to reaffirm their loyalty to the Lord. And the people renew their covenant with the Lord. After that, the Bible tells us that Joshua and Eleazar (the priest) died.

Even though Joshua had served as their war leader, he knew from experience he could not make the people love God. At best, Joshua could only influence his own house. When I think about that, I am forced reconsider my own limitations. I have only a trifling ability to influence the world about me. Even on this small planet, a tiny part of creation, mine is a small influence. Yet the end of his life, Joshua, someone powerful enough to call together all the tribes of Israel, claimed no more influence than I might have.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

If we can set a good example for our spouse and teach our children to serve the Lord, we may not save the world, but we can help to save the souls of the people most important to us.

55 thoughts on “WHAT CAN I DO?

  1. Mr Scout said : ‘give off the impression that you have no substantive response to him……….’
    So this is for you scout, sir.

    Perhaps you should look beyond the surface where it is said straws flow, and take a look below in the land of the forked tongue. Maybe you too are not convinced that the Lord was unique in every way, but as was noted earlier, ANY response will do one of two things:

    1. Dignify the request.

    2. Give an answer which has already been proven, that no answer would be acceptable.

    The word of God clearly demonstrates that there is neither time, ink, nor paper to document the effulgent glory of the man Christ Jesus, and His characteristics as the son of God. The request is insulting, for EVERYTHING that the Lord did was distinct, and if a person does not think so, I submit there is simply a lack of understanding.

    And oh by the way, there is always the point the apostle made, ‘that if all the things were written concerning Christ, I suppose all the books of the world could not contain…’ Yea, that could be said of just about everybody, uh huh, and how many people knew him as WONDERFUL… and how many sinless people were Made sin? .

    Am I mistaken about the double tongue? Go visit the sites of the people you applaud, and judge yourself. Look at the comments regarding people here, especially CT, and the opinions there. Case closed.

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        1. Funny you mentioned “fellowship.” It just occurred to me today that one reason that there are so many Christian blogs is that it does provide an opportunity for fellowship.

          Thank you and bless you.

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    1. So your position is that the only response to Zande is not to respond. I disagree. So be it. Zande wasn’t asking about the “effulgent glory Christ Jesus”, he was asking about the historic Jesus and His original contributions that justified Tom’s (and many or our) view that Jesus was the most influential person who ever lived. I happen to think the answer is that influence is not necessarily originality, and that the question is ill-formed.

      I still feel you miss an opportunity by refusing to engage Zande substantively and that by acting on an urge to silence him, at least in these circles, we enlarge, rather than diminish his position.

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      1. Scout, you engaged John Zande and endeavored to answer. He blew off your answers as valueless.

        He explains a bit more in a recent comment to me. But I am still convinced that he was engaging in a rhetorical exercise, for the benefit of his audience back at his own blog. For example, there he does not mention to his friends that he actually received answers to his question.

        ==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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