Good Tree-Good Fruit

Pastor Michael Black

The issues facing our country today would shame our grandparents, and the founders of this great nation.  No matter their political stripe, the founding fathers would have been appalled at men and women trying to pass themselves off as the opposite gender.  It is truly a sad day in America.

Matthew 7:17-18 says, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”

This passage gives me pause.  If a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, then what does that say about our nation?  Perhaps it is not our nation itself that has become evil, but simply our government.  But still,  the people of this nation elect the people that run the nation, either through voting, or through a decision not to vote.  This new issue our government is making so big a deal about, with men and women wanting to use each other’s restrooms, is weird enough.  But to force our children to have to deal with this?  That is outrageous.

This is not a political commentary.  This is a Christian trying to get you to see what the Bible says about this issue.  Genesis 1:27 tells us, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”  God did not make a mistake when he created human beings.  He made them male and female.  One man, one woman.  As an aside, this is also the template for a godly marriage.

But God created men and women, and He did not mess up and start putting women’s brains in men’s bodies.  The sin nature that we are all born with has caused people to think strangely, but that is not all that is going on here.  There are legitimate psychological disorders at play here.  Instead of trying to treat them, our culture has decided that we have to indulge people in their fantasies.  Parents are not teaching their children the way they should go, but letting the children run the households.

When children run the house, anything goes.  And when anything goes, those children will grow up to allow even more foolishness in their homes.  When morality has been turned on its head, and right is wrong, and wrong is deemed right, those who stand up for Biblical morality and standards are targeted as “haters” and “backward.”  We are labeled as intolerant, as if that were a bad word.

This world, indeed our country at least, needs a bit less tolerance.  We need to stop tolerating the government telling us that Christians are the enemy.  We need to stop tolerating 0.2% of the population telling us that we need to conform to their perverted view of the world.  We need stop tolerating the evil that has pervaded our country and our very communities.

We need to center ourselves on the Word of God.  We need stop taking our queues from the world, and start taking them from God again.  We need to stop letting the sinful world set the agenda for us.  We need to use God’s Word to stop the mouths of those who would tell us that we are wrong.

“…yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;”  Let us live by that maxim.  Assume that your thoughts are fallible, because they are.  Seek daily the mind of God.  Sit with Him in prayer.  Read His holy word.  Apply that word to your life, and let it control your decisions.

If our leaders did this, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today.  But if our nation, our people had done this, we wouldn’t have elected people who would push us in this direction.

Make our country good even if our government isn’t good.  Bring forth the fruit of righteousness, not the fruit of evil.