“THEN ONE OF THE TWELVE NAMED JUDAS ISCARIOT, WENT TO THE CHIEF PRIEST AND SAID, “WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE ME TO BETRAY HIM TO YOU? AND THEY WEIGHED OUT THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER TO HIM”.
I know many people sincerely want to live Godly lives, but at the same time the pressures of modern day living often conflict with what the word of God says.
The world values wealth, power, pleasure, revenge, fame, recognition, vanity and status. These are the most important things to people who perceive no power or purpose beyond themselves. To them, nothing else matters in life than to be in control of wealth, power or fame.
Worldly values, such as fame, wealth, pleasure and power, promote hate, jealousy, resentment and conflict in accordance with their purposes.
The values taught in the Bible are often opposite of what the world teaches about values. The Bible teaches equality, respect, honour, kindness, humility, honesty and generosity, instead of pride, arrogance, power, control. The Bible teaches forgiveness, instead of vengeance or revenge. Christian values promote peace and good will among people.
The challenge many Christians find in a fast and competitive world is that, the fear and worship of God is no longer a priority. The world has subtly succeeded in pinning their values on Christians and think it is modernity. A religious leader asked Jesus about the greatest commandment. This was the answer Jesus gave;
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all strength”. Mark 12:28-30
The worship of God is no longer a priority. Most people see church as a social gathering where they can meet a few friends, chat and gather some ideas as to what to do next about their businesses, relationships etc. In today’s world, many things compete against God for devotion, loyalty and commitment. Some of the things are not necessarily bad, but have become modern day idolatry, and have become more valuable than worship in the house of God are excessive attention to material things such as cars, jewellery, clothes, entertainment, physical appearance. Excessive devotion to job, hobbies, heroes, celebrities, leaders etc.
The excessive love of these things have watered down the love of God and total disrespect for preachers who speak against the love of these things over and above the love of God. What do you value most as a believer?
To be cont..
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.