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Do we all serve the same God?

Bookshelf1God

You can find Him on the bookshelf;

there He has a great name.

You can find His name in important writings

such as the German constitution,

the Basic Law:

Conscious of their responsibility before God and Men, animated by the resolve to serve world peace as an equal partner in a united Europe, the German people have adopted, by virtue of their constituent power, this Basic Law.1

or in the Bavarian Education Act:

Foremost objectives of education are awe before God, respect for religious beliefs

God has not changed.

His name is I AM”2

His attitude has not changed

and His character is in all eternity the same.

If we do not respect him and listen to His word?

Or if He is found dusty on our bookshelf?

Then we need not be surprised, that

our children do not respect us

and do not listen to us!

Bookshelf2Oh, for the writers of the Basic Law it was so important that we have a responsibility to God! Writing these words claims that God has delegated His authority to us. But which of the words God has spoken in the Bible do we hold as true? That is the question we must ask of our fellow German citizens and officials. Do we believe Proverbs 13:24, that if you don’t discipline your child, then you hate him?

“Is this really true?” asks the wisdom of this world.

“Certainly not,” answer the scholars of this age.

But, who is going to ask, “Do we respect and obey His word, or do we just put Him back on the shelf?”

“This is old and dusty, let it stay on the shelf,” say the modern thinkers, and so many others.

But what should we think about what it says in the New Testament, in Hebrews 12:7-8?

God deals with you as sons… What son is there whom a father does not discipline? Furthermore, we have all had human fathers who spanked us, and we paid them respect…

How wonderful it would be if you could confess from your own heart, “I can see that God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, has never changed. Clearly, His mind about training children has never changed.”

Without this, what the future holds is clear…

If we do not respect him and listen to His word?

Or if He is found dusty on our bookshelf?

Then we need not be surprised, that

our children do not respect us

and do not listen to us!

  1. Preamble to the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany
  2. His name is Yahweh as explained in Exodus 3:13-14: “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.'”