Depending upon who you listen to, trust or watch, everyone seems to have an opinion today. Whether its regarding current events, life’s problems or politics, worldviews influence what you ultimately believe. This process forms a foundation, a conscience that inspires individuals to fight for, speak out against and encourage others to become like minded. However, when you embrace biblical principles, the true blessings you will find is not a coincidence.
According to God, there is a connection between honoring your parents and living a long life, Exodus 20:12. Essentially, if you vow to cherish, respect and maintain a good name for your parents, life expectancy should increase. While there are exceptions, people whose life is stolen by a drunk driver, disease or unexpected accident, God does fulfill this promise for the rest. If you’re not happy with the current state of your soul, begin to put Jesus’ words into practice, Matthew 7:24-27, so that your house will be prepared to endure future storms.
On the other side of the spectrum, if you take a long look at the breakdown of families, violence within inner cities and the growth of gangs, inspired by gangsta wanna be’s, life is snuffed out way too soon. Street corners, schools and playgrounds are no longer safe places. Perhaps this trend could be turned around if only individuals would begin to honor their father and mother. Sure, there are other factors which have contributed to this cultural decay, yet it’s not a coincidence when life is protected, saved or extended by those who commit to loving their neighbor as themselves.
by Jay Mankus