How Should We Then Live?
Recently a church in Nevada sought an injunction from the US Supreme Court to relieve them from the Nevada governor’s executive order stating that they could not physically meet to worship in groups larger than 50 persons. The EO further stated that they could not do so regardless of the precautions they might put in place to lessen the risk of transmission of the dreaded COVID-19. This edict was issued alongside far more lenient restrictions for casinos that allowed them not only to open, but there were no similar size constraints. People were free to gamble, drink alcohol, and to smoke cigarettes – clearly essential activities. In one of the most bizarre decisions the USSC produced, they denied the church’s petition. The question is, “If the highest court of the land does not uphold the basis for their existence, the US Constitution, where do people turn then?”
We Act on Our Worldview
Francis Shaeffer writes in his book How Should We Then Live? that “men know the truth but suppress it in unrighteousness and that what can be known about God is evident within them.” (Romans 1:18–19). Further, he writes,
"That this God exists and that he has not been silent but has spoken to people in the Bible and through Christ was the basis for the return to a more fully biblical Christianity in the days of the Reformers.
As I have said in the first chapter, people function on the basis of their world view more consistently than they themselves may realize. The problem is not outward things. The problem is having, and then acting upon, the right world view—the world view which gives men and women the truth of what is."
Francis Schaeffer helped point believers in Christ in the right direction. The answer as to where or whom to turn poses another intriguing question – to whom are Christians looking when the matter is decided to be taken to the US Supreme Court? The answer lies in your worldview. What shapes our worldview and where we turn when troubles come, and they will come – “For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7) – will provide you either with security and peace or anguish and fear.
The God Who Speaks
Scripture is the account of the God who speaks. Since the fall of the first Adam, God has been at work revealing His plan to glorify Himself through His Son to redeem sinners and prepare the bride of Christ, His Church. Scripture is the source where believers are not only to turn, but to find the anchor for their souls, “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.” (Psalm 40:2).
Scripture tells us where to look, “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2). And Scripture tells us where NOT to look, “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God. 8 They have bowed down and fallen, But we have risen and stood upright. 9 Save, O Lord; May the King answer us in the day we call.” (Psalm 20:7-9).
We Must Obey God
What court are you looking to for your security, for your knowledge of whom to obey? Believers must not rely on the court of man when considering what God has clearly commanded us to do. Scripture must shape and direct our worldview. Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17) Scripture commands us to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25). How should we now live? What shapes your worldview and to whom do you turn? Jesus said, “28 Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28) Scripture directs us in this as well, “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29).
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