Keepers of The Home
Posted: August 6, 2022
Author: Danielle Murphy
Romans 2:3-4, King James Version
“And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
Is it just me or does it feel like our whole world has flipped upside down, bent on evil and a heart of disregard towards God and His commandments? The climate of our culture is very hostile right now, especially towards Christians. “Life is nothing like it used to be when I was growing up” is a phrase I often hear myself saying. So how are we supposed to respond to all that is going on around us? Should we shout and let the truth be heard or hide away in our safe Christian communities where we know we share the same ideals as others? Maybe a little bit of both would suit us well.
I am very vocal with our children about all that I see and hear going on in the world around us and how it affects us as believers. They know about many adult topics such as abortion, homosexuality, fornication, etc. As much as I would like not to have to cover these issues with our children, the truth is that they are fast growing up in this world around us and will need to know how to navigate these tumultuous times in a God-honoring way.
So when I heard the contempt in my daughter's voice the other day when she had the opportunity to point out to us in the car the pride flag she saw hanging on someone’s front porch, I knew it was time to teach. I quickly muted the radio and the Holy Spirit took over.
This past year when we were reading the account of Noah in the book of Genesis I noticed something I never before had—that the rainbow was put in the sky for God to remind Himself of His promise with mankind never to flood the whole earth again. In chapter nine verses fourteen and fifteen we read--
“And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
Now isn’t that something? Here I had always thought of the rainbow as a reminder for us. It’s true that it is a covenant He made between Him and man, but it is very clear to me by this scripture that the rainbow is as much a reminder to Him of His promise as it is for us. So, if God can look upon this earth with mercy, who are we to not do the same? If He can see hope in unregenerate man, how can’t we? My words to my children that day were not to become self-righteous prigs sticking their noses down at "sinners", but rather to begin to see all people through God's eyes--worthy of love and salvation. I encouraged them to see those flags as a symbol of God’s mercy over mankind in their foolishness and sin and to be about the business of reconciling God and man, to become the peacemakers Jesus talks about in the Sermon on the Mount.
“Blessed are the peacekeepers for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9, KJV)
Join us next week as we continue this discussion.