“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Human freedom requires the “FAMILY” to be stable and obedient to God’s love laws. In this world of consequences, free will, sin, hatred, and violence; discontented man constantly places himself and others into unstable conditions, all because we fail to pursue Trinity’s perfect path. Agape love, goodness, and forgiveness is thus replaced by disobedience and fruits of the flesh. . For the sake of eternal freedom and dominion of earth; so sufferers can find Christ-filled hope; and so the church and parents can manufacture quality future leaders of tomorrow; we must all surrender to the Holy Spirit, the source of all freedom.
In a consequential world, where actions of one affect the well-being of another, freedom requires sound decision making. Too many times, bad decisions of self and or others place a person into unstable conditions, creating struggles to remain free and to have hope. For example, John steals from Joan, creating financial chaos in Joan’s life. Ralph has premarital intercourse with a sixteen year old girl, Amy, and then leaves Amy, after she gets pregnant. Amy thus has to live with the guilt of the sin, and also the struggles of being a single parent. Finally, Ron gets drunk and accidentally kills a teenage pedestrian while intoxicated. Unsound decisions have irreversible consequences, not just for self, but also possibly for others.
Just as one man’s mistakes (Adam) imprisoned generations to sin, another man’s (Jesus) obedience gave mankind to opportunity to experience both freedom and intimacy with God. Even though our actions will presumably never affect society like how Jesus and Adam did, never underestimate the rippling effect of our decisions’ consequences upon the human race.
Point 1: God created mankind: to love, be fruitful, multiply, and have dominion
God purposed man to have dominion over the Earth, rather than “life becoming masters of men.” This happens when we absolutely love God and, other humans life self. These are the purposes of men:
“Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” (Genesis 1:28)
“And you must Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:3-31)
Romans 13:10 says “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
When we love a person like self, and rely upon God’s wisdom for direction, interdependency would rule as man would cease creating “stumbling blocks” to another.
In man’s quest to be fruitful and multiply, man must choose Holy Spirit to produce fruit of the spirit (agape love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, and self-control) in his life. If we want to multiply in number through sexual reproduction, then it is critical for our actions not to teach them how to evil.
Point 2: Building Your House Upon a Solid Foundation
Key verses: Luke 6:46-49
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? ‘Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. “But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Building a house requires having a solid foundation to base itself upon. When the house isn’t built structurally right, or if the mortar isn’t the right materials or not cohesive to keeping bricks firm and united, then the house becomes very susceptible to collapse as floodwaters beat against the structure.
Using an analogy, a “house” can represent “I, you, we, family, school, church, community, nation, and or world”. Going back to Luke 6:46-49, if “houses” don’t base its foundation upon “listening and obeying Christ’s teachings”, then people in it are susceptible to collapsing into a “heap of ruins.” Inversely, obedience makes “our house” rigid and firm in spite of floodwaters, “because it is well-built”.
Floodwaters today beat upon our “house” as our sins have done us in. Riots and rabid racism, countless killings of the innocent, domestic violence and endless wars, disheartening criticism and quarreling, thievery and deceit, rape and child abuse, anger outbursts, drunkenness and adultery, and selfishness, greed, etc. has for many, made life masters of men.
Who is the tyrant that tyrannizes mankind? Man, himself.
“Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord”. (Sallust, Roman historian & politician (86 BC - 34 BC)
Point 3: Billy Graham once said, “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.”
3.A, “Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles” (Harry Truman).
Selfishness and greed are problematic when the desire of attaining something leads to personal injury of another, inclusive of self. For example, if someone selfishly rapes a girl to satisfy his greedy, lustful, sexual desires for sex; the consequence is that the woman now struggles with PSTD her entire life as her world is now scarred, Selfish acts can definitely have negative consequence to man.
“Divisions in mankind are unnatural. They are man-made” (D’Andre Lampkin). When man first sinned, he felt shame, rejection, and unworthiness as sin separated him from God. This separation between man and God is the prime division of all man’s divisions; once it is properly taken care off, then all the other ones in time presumably will fall in place. For when you are right with God, then you are right with your neighbor, since LOVE (God) is not happy when human relationships aren’t right.
Man is often faced with life struggles. Trying to overcome this is very hard, especially when the circumstances require much faith and perseverance. If someone greedily injures the life struggler for personal gain, then the loss suffered by the injured party can potentially cripple the individual’s chance of freedom and morale, to continue on.
Many times we are like a “spiritual wanderer” who roams about place to place, trying to find closure from a dark past, influenced by selfishness and greed. Taking a chance, risking what you have, and placing your faith in hope of a better life occurs – until someone’s sin (or your own) sabotages your chance of freedom. So you try, try again until you get hurt by another sin, and so on.
Williams Shakespeare once said, “In time we hate which we often fear”. After repeated injuries, man becomes fearful, anxious, and vigilant toward potential sources of harm. Soon after man becomes hateful, angry, bitter, and possibly retribution. What we do next determines the fate of man.
Man is greedy because of perceived unmet needs. He is selfish when he thinks more about self than others. Sin not only separated man from God, but also man from man. Getting hurt by another often leads to isolation and then selfishness. “Why should I trust someone to help me when the chances I will get hurt in doing so?”, says the injured person.
Margaret J. Wheatley once said, “There is so much anger, distrust, greed, and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together”
“Hate is a cancer that spreads one cell at a time.” (David Pelzer). It grows when God’s Love is not present, and multiplies when children are not taught responsible living. The more people in this world who sin and harm others, the more angry people get in this overpopulated world. Without being filled with the Spirit, anger leads to bitterness, hatred, destruction, and retribution. Houses cannot continue to be erect if retribution continues to become the habits of life.
In our own capacities, man is unable to love and forgive the ways he should. Daily we should pray for God’s empowerment to love and forgive the persons who have hurt us in the past. With our sin natures potentially creating havoc on other’s lives, we need to be filled with the fruit of the spirit, in order to love and forgive properly. Once we realize this, and become dependent upon the work of the Spirit, we will find victories in our battles versus for retribution and forgiveness.
In Romans 12:17-21, it says:
“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back, says the Lord. Instead, ‘If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, given them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”
Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Point 4 “Love is the only sane and satisfactory solution to the problem of human existence”. Erich Fromm
Point 4A: “The presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes." - John Nelson Darby
Man desperately needs his broken, evil broke heart fixed. He has a spiritual thirst that only Christ and the Holy Spirit can correct. In John 4:114, it says “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Rivers of living water shall flow from his heart.
When the unbeliever becomes a Christian, the Holy Spirit now resides in his soul, giving him everlasting life. When the new believer daily surrenders his life to the Spirit, will produce “godliness and contentment, leading to great gain”. (1 Timothy 6:6).
The Apostle Paul experienced joy in spite of the fact that he had no possessions, and that he suffered greatly. The conversion of Saul, a heinous Christian murderer, to the Apostle Paul, one of the greatest saints ever, proves that God can make hearts of evil into good.
In 2 Corinthians 6:4-10, Paul “patiently endured troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. He was beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. . . He was ignored, even though well known. Paul lived close to death, but was still alive. Beaten but not killed. In spite of all that, Paul writes: “Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.”
Point 5: The Secret of experiencing Joy
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:9-11
Man experiences the joy of Christ when man “remains in God’s Love” and “obeys God’s commands”. The command God has for us – “Love one another as I have loved you”.
Love and obedience is the key to freedom. Without the Holy Spirit, we are unable to Love like we should.
God gives us a command which is impossible for us to do alone in our own strength – to love unconditionally like Christ. Only when the Holy Spirit is present inside us and is given permission to spread to those in our sphere can man have the capacity to love like Christ. It’s man’s responsibility to choose to love like Christ, but it is the Holy Spirit responsibility to put it into action, by producing fruits of the spirit, revealed in our actions. “With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Holy Spirit only exists in the lives of the believer, which takes place at time of spiritual conversion. Thus, if the majority of Christians would only surrender to their life purpose of leading people to Christ, and daily allow the Holy Spirit to implement that God-given dream into action, many of the problems of hate, etc. would go away, as the Spirit and his fruit of the spirit would be in their hearts. Then through sanctification, the Holy Spirit can daily work to make us more obedient and Christ-like, so the Trinity can use us more in His work of transforming this world.
POINT 6: THE FAMILY
Here are some quotes, depicting dire need of producing moral families:
- “The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family”. Mother Teresa
- Mohandas Gandhi once said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”
- The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home. Harold B. Lee
Deborah Butler said:
The home or family is the basic unit of all society. Strong families are important for the success of society and the success of the Church. When you have a society as we have now, that doesn't recognize the family, that society will eventually fall apart. (Deborah Butler) And when you have a particular church that doesn't recognize the family or the importance of the home life, you will have an unsuccessful church. (Deborah Butler)
God created us to be “fruitful and multiply”. Goodness and forgiveness should be the fruit we produce though the Spirit, and not selfishness, greed, and hatred. KEEP BOTH THE CHURCH AND FAMILY STRONG so we can go about rebuilding this country and world.
Only through schools and parents can the child learn right from wrong, in significance to goodness and forgiveness, proven in the life of Jesus and His death on the cross.
Churches are comprised of families, which consists of parents and children. Rebellious children are developed when schools and parents teach “junk” rather than goodness, love, and forgiveness.
Families and churches of today must lead families and churches of tomorrow toward goodness and forgiveness. It not, our future leaders’ sinful natures will lead them to endless acts of retribution.
Leaders of future generations must be taught at an early age to build habits of God-centered living (no selfishness, greed, hatred.)
According to Adam Smith, ‘To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature”.
People in the CHURCH are also FAMILY members in their home, as well as being members of SOCIETY. Thus, when the moral character of the CHURCH’s members is changed, also affected is FAMILY people and society members. Since moral character of an individual can be changed for the worst or better, it is critical that the CHURCH is right, to make families and citizens of society morally right. If the CHURCH is not teaching LOVE and SANCTIFICATION to family parents and children, as well as to society, the world thus, suffers.
A house needs to be built with a stable foundation to remain firm in spite of the floodwaters of life. If our children – future leaders and future parents of society – are not being taught the dire need of “obedience” and “loving unconditionally”, we are setting them up with more detrimental unnecessary hardships, failures, and destruction. Freedom of the human race happens when man choose obedience, LOVE, and surrender to the Holy Spirit, over sin, selfishness, hatred, and retribution.
Galatians 5:16, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”
POINT 7: CHANGING THE WORLD
According to Adam Smith, ‘To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature”
God has a giant-sized purpose for each of us to achieve – to create a better world for the human race. All we have to do is to seek God’s will, obey His teachings, and to LOVE one another, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
A lot of people think you have to do great things to make change in this world. However, Howard Zinn once said, “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world”.
“It’s funny how one thing, one moment, and one person can change your life in seconds”. (Pininterest)
”With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world, one day at a time we can change everything. (Steve Maraboli)
“It’s amazing how one person’s act of kindness can change the course of your life. Today follow their lead. Pay it forward.” (Pinterest)
One smile, can start a friendship. One word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship. One person can change your life. (Unknown)
“I am only one, but still am one. I cannot do everything, but I still can do something. I will not refuse to do something I can do”. Helen Keller
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try”. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us’.
Barriers: because of sin, since Adam, man has struggled with disunity, hostility, and separation, from man to man, man to God. God didn’t want this happen so badly that His Son died on the cross, giving man another choice toward godliness and being masters of all life.
Because of the cross, the walls have been “broken down”. There can now be reconciliation with man and God; selfish, greedy hearts can become Holy Spirit-filled ones; and man can become as one. Differences in race, gender, religious affiliation, levels of income – it doesn’t matter, someday every day Christian would be considered a child of God, and the differences that separate us will separate us no more.
There will be a day where the walls of selfishness, hostility, greed, and disunity won’t prevents us from loving one another, there would be a day when everyone is considered the same, and where people trust one another without boundaries. There is victory in Ephesians 2:14-15.
In our houses, let’s knock down some walls. “With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)