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Building our Lives on Jesus’ Teaching

We are facing some big challenges. Global is changing the pattern of our weather. We are using up the world’s natural resources at an unsustainable rate. HIV/Aids continues to claim many lives around the world. Our large national debts will take many years of pain to reduce. We are still learning how to live alongside each other in our multi-cultural society.

All these problems, and many more, will not be easily or quickly solved. The actions of this generation are creating problems which our children and grandchildren will have to face and try to solve. Many parents and grandparents are apprehensive about the future of their children and grandchildren.

There is, however, a bigger problem for our children which we seldom seem to consider. There is a moral and spiritual vacuum. Do we ever consider the moral and spiritual values we are passing on to our children and grandchildren? As a nation we have swept aside the moral and spiritual principles on which our society has been built. The sanctity of life, the importance of personal moral purity, the sacredness of marriage and the absolute necessity of honesty and integrity have been undermined. The new “progressive” thinking is based on the autonomy of human beings to think and do whatever they like. In reality we are not moving into greater enlightenment but into moral and spiritual darkness. The consequences for future generations are disastrous.

Sadly, in this situation many churches and Christian leaders are failing the people. Their own personal doubts about the Christian faith, their lack, in some cases, of personal morality and integrity, and their desire to be politically correct and popular mean they are incapable of giving clear moral and spiritual teaching. Christian churches generally seem to lack credibility.

It would be good for us all to sit at the feet of Jesus and to learn from him in childlike trust and dependence. He spoke with authority, unlike the religious leaders of his day. His words continue to speak to the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world today. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, Chapters 5 to 7) he said that those who hear his words and put them into practice are like a wise man who built his house on the rock. History has proved that lives built on the teaching of Jesus are able to withstand all the storms that life throws against them.

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