Scripture: 1st Timothy 5: 1-8 Sermon Title: Take Care of Your Children
This morning is the last Sunday of 2015, this causes me to stop and ponder the state of my country and more my people. It causes me to tremble, causes a tear to come to my eye. When the news splashed what they thought were the most troubling things to Americans, of course Paris was there, bombings around the world, other atrocities and number four Black Lives Matter, they never mentioned it they did show though and I saw it and reacted. We as a people react to Black Lives Matter, it touches and resonates through us. This morning the scripture was from 1st Timothy 5 and I want us to take a minute and look and think on verse 8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. I want to challenge us a people, as God’s people to respect, honor and obey His word, not my word, not your baby mama word, not the Governments word, but God’s word, if ANY provide not for his own, and specially of his own house house he hath denied what? The faith. And is worse than an infidel. When we study this scripture in Matthew Henry’s Commentary you find these words; If any provide not for his own, etc. If any men or women do not maintain their own poor relations who belong to them, they do in effect deny the faith; for the design of Christ was to confirm the law of Moses, and particularly the law of the fifth commandment, which is, Honour thy father and mother; so that those who deny the faith who disobey that law, much more if they provide not for their wives and children, who are parts of themselves; if they spend that upon their lusts which should maintain their families, they have denied the faith and are worse than infidels. . What is an infidel, a person who has no religious faith; unbeliever, a person who does not accept a particular faith, especially Christianity. (in Christian use) an unbeliever, especially a Muslim. (in Muslim use) a person who does not accept the Islamic faith; kaffir, that’s a mouthful, who wants to be an infedel? Seems like we live in a world full of infidels, people that just don’t care about anyone. Our mothers even in their 70’s or 80’s, that should be respected are too often raped and beaten, left in nursing homes to die alone, eating cat food to just stay alive, her womanhhod denied, her femininity trodden down the fact that she is weaker instead of being a deterrent is just the advantage needed. Our fathers that worked hard, men that stood up under great pressure, stood up to great forces of racism and oppression, men though heavy laden stood the test of time to make way for the future the next generations are now attacked robbed pistol whipped by the children and grand children of the very people they fought so hard to save. Have you ever thought about that what a slap in the face the behavior of this generation is to all those that came before. I cannot imagine what it must be for the 80 year old man who had probably been strong may even have lived a good life took care of a family, not perfect but tried to do what was right all his life and now when he has always fought for others has no one to fight for him. In fact the attack the pistol whipping all for a few dollars, the biggest effect would probably be on his pride, imagine you get out of your car in your yard and a young man in his 20’s, attacks you with a pistol, why? People young and old hit by cars and left to die alone on the side of the road, did not even stop, and then when you find out about the person who is arrested they are young and old. All these tragedies, all these Black lives that matter. We matter to God, how long has the blood of innocents cried out from the ground just as the blood of Able cried out to God. We wonder why so much hate and anger and rage in this world, why people just don’t seem to care about anyone or anything,. How many young men lay down with a young woman, make all kids of promises, countless declarations of love and adoration, will get up out of this same womans bed and call her all kinds of filthy names, and don’t let there be a child conceived, because he doubts the womans shall we say innocence he doubts and denies this child. Never acknowledged, never taken care of never cherished and loved as all children should be, and yet we wonder what is wrong with this generation? Maybe we should ask who is raising these children, what are we teaching these children, what kind of an example have we set for the children that we now fear the children and even our very own children. Maybe the example of an infidel is what we have passed on and because we are acting as infidels maybe God is treating us as infidels. Just yesterday a homeless woman was car jacked, living her days in an old beat up, wreck of a car, damaged, window wouldn't even roll up, a broken old Explorer with everything she owned in that car and some young people took the car hit her and violently took that old beat up junker just for fun. She belonged to somebodies family, whether mother, sister, aunt cousin in law all these are parts of your family somebodies family. What about all the homeless, don’t they belong to somebodies family.Look at our veterans, sure some have such mental difficulties we can’t help, but that is not all, these men and women that put their lives on the line for our freedom, it makes no sense they can’t get financial help, can’t find a home, a job, they belong to someone’s family. If you have not taken care of mother or father or sister or brother or aunt or uncle or cousin or your in-laws yes even the in-laws, they are biblically considered our family. Some say nobody helped me why should I help anybody else. You don’t even know all the snares and traps He brought you through, you never even knew danger was near or death was on your trail till grace and mercy intervened, you did not make it this far on your own, rather you know it or not there were times He carried you out of harms way and into another blessing, but we don’t want to share we don’t think we owe anything, how wrong what an infidel mindset.. Infidels don’t have faith they don’t even truly believe in anything and yet they think if they believe that God doesn’t exist, that means He doesn't, oh but how wrong could you be. . 2nd Chronicles 7 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. It’s not too late, it is the last Sunday in 2015, but it’s not too late. This scripture was to show that God would honor the prayers of the church, we are the church if God, remember Jesus said He would build His church on Peter and the gates of hell shall not prevail. Young men who have left fatherless children you may prosper but one day the question will be asked by one greater than me, one greater than your pastor or the church, greater than the government, greater than them old family members, someone than can send you to the right or the left for eternity, Did you take care of your own? May God bless you I hope you have the right answer.