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Stop It!

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Stop It!

Tim Watts

Not wanting to leave the routine, man often emulates the life of his ancestors or others he has looked to for leadership. This is well and good if those he follows have based their lives on the Word of God. Often however, man is drawn into a procession that marches in opposition to sound Bible truths. Routine has no lasting benefit if it is contrary to God's will. If we do not stand opposed to doctrines that destroy or weaken the church, then some day we may look into life's mirror in remorse and confess "I could have stood in the gap"..."I could have stopped it but I retreated."

With the mass of humanity in spiritual decomposer (and many professed Chris-tians), there is no time for retreat. Rather, we must desire to heed and accept the calling. What calling? In 1 Peter 2:9 Peter wrote, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." We have been called to transcend the past. Whatever may be the usual limits that man has placed by his human survey, God's limits are much higher. Every accountable man, woman, boy and girl has been called to rise above or exceed man's limits. We are called to serve a risen Savior who shed his precious blood for the sins of all men. If those who have gone before us embraced false doctrine, or, as Demas, have departed for the love of the world then let us improve upon their mistakes. We must stop the transmission of bad habits to the next generation. I say, we must STOP IT!!

In our society, normal is sometimes defined "Stay where your family has been" or "Follow your peers." So, the young lad declares, "My dad shot drugs so I'll do the same." Perhaps the daughter says, "My mom was an alcoholic so I'll carry on the family tradition." Again, the able-bodied young man asserts, "My dad never hit a lick at anything all his life when he could have made his own way, so I shall do the same." Why not just STOP IT?!

In the church sometimes it is reasoned, "Well, brother so-and-so used tobacco and he was a main leader, so it is OK for me." Another says, "Just look at these who regularly forsake the assembly and put their jobs first. I can do the same." Perhaps a younger sister observes her mother or an older sister violate the obvious truth of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 and she reasons, "If they cut or bob their hair, then surely I can too with God's blessing." When we study the Holy Writ and find truth being trampled we should STOP IT!! Please brethren, please fathers and mothers, stop the transmission of bad habits and liberal positions to the next generation! How can those we are leading "rise up and call us blessed" if our example has led them to the slavery of the devil.

Men come out of the worst conditions sometimes and rise above a world of sin and degradation. How encouraging to read of those like Gideon. The story of this man is beautiful for he was willing to rise above the transgression of his father and live a better life. Notice that his strength and desire to please God led to a better life for not only Gideon, but also for his people! He could have been satisfied to stay where his father was, but he exceeded the usual limits. He rose above a past filled with disobedience and disrespect to God. He decided to STOP IT!

We today should make the same decision if our lives are not as they ought to be. Stop the transmission of sinful examples to the next generation. Do not wait until our loved ones are hovering over our death bed to lament of past mistakes and beg them not to follow the same paths. Think of the "little ones" now and STOP IT! Our vision for the future must be greater than our baggage from the past. Let us strive to be all we can for the Lord and for the building up of the kingdom. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13).

—454 Wilson Hill Rd., Readyville, TN 37149



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