Stay out of the ditch

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your word.” Psalm 119:9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Stay out of the ditch”
Guardrails are protective in nature. They prevent someone or something from getting off track and possibly falling off the edge. Dangerous sections of road typically have guardrails on the shoulders to keep cars from drifting off the edge and tumbling down an embankment.
But guardrails aren’t limited to physical metal structures on roads and highways. Guardrails can also be moral, ethical, legal, and religious. Rules, regulations, laws, and guidelines are all examples of mental guardrails which guide our conduct and keep us from straying from established and approved norms.
The Bible provides us with God’s guardrails for staying on track in life. In the Bible God gives us with what we call “a Biblical worldview” which helps us to know what’s true and what isn’t, and what conduct is acceptable and which isn’t. A Biblical worldview (also known as a Christian worldview) is based on God’s unchanging Word. The Bible is true for all people in all places at all times, and therefore it does not change. It is not influenced by or modified based on cultural trends or changing societal norms. This is what Solomon was referring to in Proverbs 119:9 (above).
Therefore, as God’s people, we take everything we are seeing, hearing, and being told from politicians, writers, educators, celebrities, and other cultural influencers, and we lay it alongside the Bible to determine how what they’re saying compares to what God has said. And then we evaluate the truthfulness or the rightness of anything based upon how it compares to the unchanging Word of God. The Bible is our standard for living, and it is our standard for evaluating everything and everyone. These are the guardrails within which we live our lives.
Men and women who have developed godly character and integrity have done so by learning to stay within the guardrails of thought and deed as given to us by God in the Bible. Biblical commands, instructions, and principles are our guardrails for living the Christian life. Stay within them and you will be fine. Stray from them and you will be in danger of falling off the edge and tumbling into one of life’s many ditches.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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