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In this post, I’ll explain why I’ve started joshuabontrager.com and how you can join the battle for truth.
For most of my life, I lived in the same farmhouse near Kalona Iowa. Growing up on the farm, I was taught work ethic, responsibility, initiative, and vital life skills. Above all, I was taught to love, study, and memorize God’s Word. My parents taught me to make God’s Word the foundation of my life.
Sadly, the world and many Christians seems to have discarded God’s truth as the foundation for life. That’s why I started this blog.
The Crisis Today
Everywhere around us we view the results of culture built on man’s philosophies. It seems as if these philosophies have almost destroyed God’s three institutions of government, church, and family. Today, over 2.3 million Americans are incarcerated in state and federal prisons. In our time, around 50% of Americans are slaves to government entitlements.
Due to abortion, feminism, divorce, and government programs, less than half of all children live in a Biblical family, with two parents in their first marriage. Sadly, only 24% of Americans believe the Bible the literal Word of God. As we view these disturbing trends, it seems that our entire culture has drifted from the final authority of God’s Word to the authority of man.
The Solution For Today
What is the answer for today? What must we do to reclaim the culture?
I Peter 4:17 tells us, “The time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” The solution to our crisis begins with Christians and requires a life-time of dedication to the truth of God’s Word. It requires intentional Christians who know, live, and speak God’s truth.
Know the Truth
First, we must know the truth. Christ said in John 8:31-32, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Shockingly, only 11% of all Americans have ever read the entire Bible through cover to cover. Even fewer take the time to deeply study and memorize it. In reality, we cannot expect to change the world if we do not know and understand the Word of the Creator.
Live the Truth
Second, we must live the truth. It is not enough to know God’s Word if we fail to apply it to our lives. As James exhorted, “But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). We must glorify God by making Jesus look good in every single thing we do, from work, to family, to entertainment, to time and every other activity (I Corinthians 10:31).
To live the truth, we must realize that we do not exist to build our own kingdoms on this earth, as the American Dream suggests. Rather, we are here to build Christ’s kingdom, so that His will may be done “in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:11).
Speak the Truth
Last, we must speak the truth. As “ambassadors of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20), the words we speak must be God’s, not our own. We must “preach the Word” (2 Timothy 4:2) rather than promoting ourselves. From the pastor in the pulpit, to the worker in the factory, to the shopper at the grocery store, to the politician in Washington, to the parent in the home we are all called to faithfully proclaim God’s Word so that Christ may be glorified and lives may be transformed.
The solution to the crisis today begins with Intentional Christians who commit to know, live, and speak God’s truth. Christ commanded, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). In one word, we must “surrender” to the truth.
What To Expect
This blog seeks to provide the solution of God’s Word to the problems we face today. To accomplish that mission, I will post a new article every Tuesday.
Posts will include topics such as, “Why memorize God’s Word?” “How Intentional Christianity Can Change the World,” “How to Redeem the Time,” “Why You Should Take Notes: and How to Take Them,” “Why a Christian should Read,” “Should a Christian Be Involved in Politics?” “What is Man’s Ultimate Purpose?” “Living a Life of Faithful Stewardship,” “Speaking the Truth in Love,” “Can a Christian be a Marxist?” and “The Most Important Hour of the Day.”
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Question: How might the world be different if only you surrendered to knowing, living, and speaking the truth?