Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Church devotions: Godly Guides - Daniel 11:37
Daniel 11:37 He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all.
In Britain, the Girl Guides association, which is the equivalent of the Girl Scouts in America, has just changed the standard promise that each girl makes when joining the association. Instead of promising to do their best, by loving God, serving the Queen and country, and helping other people, the new oath of allegiance to the association’s guidelines is contained in the following words:
“I promise that I will do my best:
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,
To serve the Queen and my community,
To help other people…”
God is excluded from the whole process and instead a secular sanctification of self is emphasized. This means that a whole new generation of young girls in Britain is being raised to worship and idolize themselves from an early age. This is a pity because churches are the main sponsors and supporters of Brownie packs and Guide troops across the United Kingdom.
I guess it’s just another nail in the coffin of Western Christianity. By itself, it doesn’t amount to much, but when added together with the whole secularization/humanistic process that’s going on in Britain, churches will diminish drastically once the World War 2 generation passes on into glory. Unless someone takes mission seriously in Britain, and brings the Gospel light to a largely unchurched people, a spiritual darkness will overtake UK society and people will end up believing in and doing anything.
The main work of the Church in the West is to be counter-cultural. The old sin of self-exaltation, of claiming equality with God, and the idolizing of the individual is rearing its ugly head again. History is replete with societies and civilizations which have built their sophisticated Babels of self-importance, only to have them fall and be dashed to pieces. If the voice of the Church in proclaiming the existence of the One, Triune, and Living God is no longer influential or acceptable, then we will only have ourselves to blame for not recognizing that we are sinful creatures who, without God’s guidance, are prone to self-destructive and inhumane ways.
Questions for personal reflection
Is God actually important to me? Is church a major current influence over my life?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You told us that we were meant to love God with all of our heart and mind, soul and strength. These days we appear to be more into loving ourselves and displacing service to God for the fulfillment of own desires. Forgive us for diminishing our faith and prevent us from depleting Your influence over our choices and our ways. In Your Holy Name, we humbly confess and seriously pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.