My friend, may I ask you a question? When it come to the question of our bodies, has God set the standards by which we are to regard them and maintain them? Have those standards unfortunately, slipped and the weeds and rocks have invaded?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

There is an old saying that “Nature is biased to the wilderness and not the fruitful field”. Ask any farmer and he can tell you that if it doesn’t come down from above in the form of weeds it comes from below in the form of rocks. A fertile field remains a fertile field only as long as a farmer takes the time to kill the weeds and remove the rocks. A field’s natural state is weeds and rocks, not wheat and tilled soil. A farmer has to set standards for the field he’s planning on working and then make sure that those standards, weeding in the spring and fall and rock-picking after first and second plowing, are followed. Let them slip for a season and fruitful can easily be replaced by wilderness faster than you think.

And so it is for our bodies as well. God has set standards by which we are to regard them and maintain them. Unfortunately, those standards have slipped and the weeds and rocks have invaded.

Here’s an insight: U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan recently published a disturbing essay entitled “Defining Deviancy Down.” In a recent issue of The New Republic, commentator Charles Krauthammer writes that “Moynihan’s powerful point is that with the moral deregulation of the 1960s, we have had an explosion of deviancy in family life, criminal behavior and public displays of psychosis. And we have dealt with it in the only way possible: by redefining deviancy down so as to explain away and make ‘normal’ what a more civilized, ordered and healthy society long ago would have labeled--and long ago did label--deviant.” (Christian Research Institute letter, December 6, 1993.)

What had once been a cleared field, in terms of human relationships, has become a place strewn with the boulders of unrighteousness and the weeds of degeneration. As a society we have learned to tolerate what our forefathers would have gone to great lengths to eliminate. Lowering our standards to tolerate what God teaches in His Word is immoral may give society the ability to overlook the boulders and the weeds, but it does not please God. Try as we might to live with unrighteousness, a time is soon coming when the field can no longer be plowed and God will look for another.

We pray. Dear Father , the culture we live in today demands that we tolerate everything and judge nothing. We know that this is not the message of Your Word, yet it is the message of the tolerating culture that we live in today. Father it is so hard to stay the course and abide by your Word when the society we live in judges us for showing good judgment. Forgive us when we falter and stay silent even when we know that you are expecting us to stand up for the truth of Your Word. We praise You O Lord that You have given us the truth. May we always love it and live it. In Jesus Name! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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