Whose counsel are we taking? (Psalm 1-2)

Recently, I made the observation on Facebook that when the church’s message becomes so like the world’s that you can’t tell the difference between the two, you know the church is in trouble.

As I said that, I was particularly thinking of the moral breakdown of society, and how many churches are caving into the cultural pressure.

And so we as Christians need to think, “Who are we taking our counsel from? Where are we getting our standards of wrong and right?”

Are we getting them from this world that takes their stand against God and his Anointed, and cries out,

Let’s tear off their chains
and throw their ropes off of us.

Are these the people whose counsel we walk in? Are these the people we stand with when it comes to morals? Are these the people we join together with, standing in judgment over God’s word, and scoffing at what it says concerning wrong and right?

Or are we delighting in the Lord’s counsel, in his instruction?

Are his words the ones we meditate on?

The psalmist reminds us that counsel of the wicked leads to ruin. (1:6)

Those who follow it will be judged. (1:5)

But the Lord’s counsel leads to life.

And as we meditate on his words, we will become fruitful trees in a dying world. (1:3)

Whose counsel are you following?

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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