This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #390 titled, “Are You Ready for a Change?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Fueled by unfulfilled promises, unrealized hopes, and increasing difficulties, “It’s time for a change” has become a common theme with both politicians and the general public.
THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE PAST
Within the recent past, changes have occurred with surprising suddenness. Governments once thought to be stable have been toppled. Financial institutions have failed. Once-successful businesses have collapsed. Even more significantly, the moral fabric of society has been shattered by turning away from God and the principles of His Word, the Bible. The “do what feels good” mentality—casting off restraint and rejecting authority—has broken up families and ruined lives. This is nothing but lawlessness, the essence of sin, which has brought the disillusion, disease, death, and destruction we see all around us.Continue reading “Are You Ready for a Change? (Gospel Light Minute X #390)”→
Messages to the Estates of the Realm, #2
Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: 1 Kings 9:1-9
Yesterday, we began a series of messages titled, “Messages to the Estates of the Realm.” The “estates” refers to the historical system of dividing society. There is the first estate, which is the clergy; the second estate, which is the government; the third estate, which is the people; the fourth estate, which is the press; and the fifth estate, a relatively new term, which refers to the way news and information is being distributed nowadays via blogs, social media, etc. In fact, there is a movie coming out this week titled, “The Fifth Estate”, about the WikiLeaks operation which leaked secret government communication to the public.
On yesterday, from 1 Timothy 3, we looked at what I believe God has to say to the members of the first estate — the pastors, the preachers, and the church leaders. Today, I want us to look at a message from God to the members of the second estate — the governmental leaders of our world: the presidents, the prime ministers, the congress, the members of parliament, judges, governors, mayors, and city leaders.
The Bible informs us that even governmental leadership is ordained by God. Romans 13:1-4 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” As a system of leadership set up by God, God has some things to say to those whom he has given the priviledge and responsibility of governmental leadership.
King Solomon, the third king of Israel, is often called the “wisest man who ever lived,” but he did not become wise on his own. The Bible tells us in First Kings 3 that when God came to him in a dream and asked him what he wanted to be given, he asked God for wisdom. God was the source of Solomon’s wisdom. God also came to Solomon in a second dream as recorded in First Kings 9, our passage for today. In this dream, God does not ask Solomon a question, but He gives him a command and a warning of consequences. I believe that God would have every governmental leader to take heed to this command and this warning.
Scandal… the word conjures images of trusted leaders caught up in adulterous affairs, high-powered politicians cutting backroom deals, and scheming, corrupt businessmen running ponzi schemes and swindling others out of their money. The word “scandal” has been thrown around a lot recently, especially since three political crises situations came to light and shook up the White House and other branches of government. Now officials are scrambling to fix what went wrong and to ensure that it never happens again.
You’ve probably also heard the word “scandal” in reference to ABC’s political thriller series starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope who runs a crisis management firm and operates as a “fixer” to protect the public images of politicians who find themselves in trouble.
Perhaps, some of us can identify with the word “scandal” ourselves. Of course, our problems and crises may not be in the public eye, but we certainly struggle and have done things wrong that we would be ashamed to have others find out about. In many ways, we are just as messed up as the people we watch on TV and read about on the internet who have to work out the problems in their lives under the microscope of public scrutiny and criticism. Sometimes, we tend to think that we are better than others because we do not have the problems they have. However, we have our own set of problems that we must deal with. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:10, “There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Yes, indeed, we have to face the problems, scandals, and messed up situations in our own lives. However, the Bible does not just tell us about our problems, it also tells us that there is One who can fix our problems. This problem-fixer is Jesus Christ. How does Jesus Christ fix our problems? The only way Jesus can fix our problems is if we turn over our hearts and lives to him and allow him to do in us what we cannot do in ourselves.
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