By Allan Stevo
“By the age of 40 nearly every American has learned to conform,” said my favorite Greek philosopher to me once.
Look around your life and you see how true it is.
Also, by the age of 40, life is solidified for many. The standards you hold at the age of 40 are the standards you will continue to hold after the age of 40 for many people.
Were you okay driving your rust bucket that broke down every 900 miles? Were you okay living off fast food? Were you okay working a second job that didn’t use any of your skills, but was a way to just pay the bills on things you never really needed? Buy New $76.63 (as of 03:18 EDT – Details)
For many their life is locked in at 40. Complacency sets in and “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” becomes prescriptive rather than descriptive. In being prescriptive it turns into descriptive as well unfortunately. But life need not be that way. You can be aware of that, and you can attain better, you can demand more of life.
You see, I want you to grow up in all the right ways, dear warrior.…
The Rutherford Institute
By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead
“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”—Martin Luther King Jr. (A Knock at Midnight, June 11, 1967)
In every age, we find ourselves wrestling with the question of how Jesus Christ—the itinerant preacher and revolutionary activist who died challenging the police state of his time, namely, the Roman Empire—would respond to the moral questions of our day.
For instance, would Jesus advocate, as so many evangelical Christian leaders have done in recent years, for congregants to “submit to your leaders and those in authority,” which in the American police state translates to complying, conforming, submitting, obeying orders, deferring to authority and generally doing whatever a government official tells you to do?
What would Jesus do?
Study the life and teachings of Jesus, and you may be surprised at how relevant he is to our modern age.…