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April 23, 2017

Sermon 4/16


Today's Lesson :

Broken Values: Tolerance

Mike Root


From Mike:     

    If the Lord blesses you with enough years, you will see nearly everything change.  I can’t begin to list the things that I’ve seen change in my lifetime.  Science and technology has changed in leaps and bounds in my life.  My first commercial airplane trips were on planes with propellers not jets.  I remember getting our first phone, TV, and many of the movies I went to were black and white. Yes, I’m old—to some people.  The list of changes could go on indefinitely, but the one we are going to be looking at for the next few weeks is the change in values that has taken place over the years.  No, this is not going to be about “the good old days” - if I can help it.  I don’t think those good old days were really better than these days, it just gives older people a way to compare and complain.  Sure there were things “back then” that are precious memories, but I like my AC, my iPhone, and “spell check” on my computer, just to name a few things that make life so much better today.

    But values?  Are they supposed to change? Aren’t they the guidelines of life—the building blocks of character—the very thing that makes us different than the wild animals in the jungle?  Sure, some are simply traditions, but they define us as a people, a culture, and a sharing society.  Most of us men who grew up “way back when” were taught to remove our hats when entering a home or any place indoors.  It was sign of respect and consideration. Today, you can look around any restaurant, and you’ve got more baseball caps resting on heads than bare heads sometimes.  That value—that tradition—has changed.  It’s not necessarily about right or wrong, good or bad, it’s just about change and our preferences.  But there are values that have changed that deal with priorities and they all come back to WHO sets those priorities—those values for us.  Once, most people understood that God and His Word were our standard, but that is another thing that has changed for many.

Lord willing, we will examine Broken Values about:

        1. Tolerance          2.  Life

        3.  Family              4.  Marriage

        5.  Sex                   6.  Church

How do you think our culture has changed its values about each of these areas?  Has it been for the better or for the worse?

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