Have We Disposed Of Our Values
Rom. 2:17-29….Notes on file / 5/21/06
Amazing how in one generation we have disposed of so many values that were once so important.
Happens so fast…
Cf…like buying new car; driving off lot and it depreciates $5000 immediately…
Good values made this nation…
Cf…P. Henry, “I’ve given my family all I have…Christ, without they would be most poor.”
Cf…the letter P. Bush recently received from Iranian President challenged his values, etc…
“what would Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus think of his invasion of Iraq?”
Values are important.
Our text speaks to us about the hypocrisy of confused values among Jews and Gentiles…
CF…(expound text: Jew, law, circumcised; Gentile, uncircumcised, keeps law)
Paul uses a situation of that day to show us how we dispose of good values.
I. VALUES HAVE BEEN THE TOPIC OF OUR GENERATION.
In a sutile way hell has dull the senses of the masses in America.
A. POLITICIANS PRACTICE THIS…as we have witness in our day and time.
Cf…you are either politically correct or incorrect…
Our government during Clinton years made much of “hate crimes”…’meaning; you have no right to confront..’
Actually the U.N. promoted a lot of this and still does.
B. HAVE WE AS A NATION LOST THE VALUES…our forebears taught us?
No doubt our society has changed and will change more.
Cf…high school values clarification class..girl found wallet with $1000; returned it..teacher ask class said she foolish!”
Where has the sense of right and wrong gone?
The proud Jews, circumcised, fail to practice what they preached, as Paul teaches us…V.17-25
In our world today, with so many voices, (twisted, distorted, incorrect) few people know what’s right or wrong.
II. OUR VALUES VARY SO THAT THEY CLASH WITH OTHERS.
Cf…was a time when the same values were shared by the nations as a whole...if some disagreed they still respected…
A. AND SO WE HAVE A CULTURAL WAR TODAY…been going on many decades…
Cf…the Jews had values that the gentiles did not…(they so often failed to practice what they preached)
Our nation today is divided in many respects over cultural values.
Cf…"It is not from a lack of values that we suffer, but from many deeply held values that are in conflict."
Young man walks in, rings in nose, ears, tongue, etc.; those not my values.
Kids taught sex ed. …alright as long as practice in safe manner…is that ok for your child?
Cf…not believe this; one school system is now practicing segregation and it’s working…
B. BUT CHRISTIANS ARE LOSING…because we are not grounded in Word of God!
We absorb the world’s values rather than being critical of them.
And that is why the church has no power today.
Cf…if Moses came down off the Mt. Today he would smash the tablets again!!
III. THE WORD OF GOD IS CLEAR WHEN IT COMES TO THE VALUES WE ARE TO HOLD.
Cf…V. 26-29…knowing what is right and doing it, is right in God’s eyes, circumcised or not…
We are not to hold up one standard for others and live contrary ourselves.
Cf…Jesus repeatedly said,”Woe unto you scribes and Paharisees…Matt. 23:23-28…(expound)
We are to treat others in a righteous manner but we are not to sacrifice righteousness for any reason.
God sees our hearts and knows what the intents are.
CONCLUSION: (GO OVER THREE POINTS ABOVE)
Folks, our wealth has been stolen right out from under our eyes…our values have been destroyed by a counter culture.
This generation of youth for most part has been taught to do what feels good.
And even the church in America is dull to all the forces shaping it’s values.