The Brotherhood – part 8

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

You gotta have a standard.

I’ve always believed that in order for anyone to live a consistent life of integrity, you’ve gotta have a standard–some guideline that exists apart from yourself so you can judge your own choices consistently. If we live by our own ideas, well, those ideas have a way of changing.

Don’t believe me? Look at how societal standards have changed in the last fifty years. Daily conversation today contain numerous references and ideas that would have never been discussed publicly back then. Television viewing shows we moved pretty far down the road too. Just compare any reality TV show with the likes of Gilligan’s Island or the Andy Griffith Show and you’ll see how far things have moved.

Frankly, that same kind of shift happens in us too. Things we steered away from in the past now show up in our lives in ways we think are no big deal. So, if we’re going to maintain a consistent life, we need a standard that’s more consistent than our own thoughts. Fortunately, we have such a standard–the Bible.

God gave us the Bible to provide the guidance for living that only a consistent standard could provide. So the dangers of lust remain consistent even when our access to lustful temptation increases. Lying is still destructive no matter how common it has become and adultery still destroys life’s most important relationships regardless of how prevalent it has become in the movies we watch. The life direction the Bible gives doesn’t move with the times, no matter how modern our translations become.

We need that kind of standard, and of course, we need to make full use of its benefits. God has given us the guidance we need for life, but it’s of little benefit if we don’t access it. Ask yourself today how effectively you’re making use of the Bible’s wisdom. Maybe you’ll find a good reason to crack its covers a bit more often.

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