No people ever rise higher than their idea of God

In a sermon summarizing the book of JUDGES, Mark Dever included this wonderful quotation from the late Dr James M. Boice, which explains our culture today — as well as our often unrealistic expectations of it….

No people ever rise higher than their idea of God, and conversely, a loss of the sense of God’s high and awesome character always involves a loss of a people’s moral 1426724_35081700values and even what we commonly call humanity. We are startled by the disregard for human life that has overtaken large segments of the western world, but what do we expect when countries such as ours openly turns their back upon God? We deplore the breakdown of moral standards, but what do we expect when we have focused our worship services on ourselves and our own often trivial needs rather than on God? Our view of God affects what we are and do…

(taken from Dr Boice’s sermons on Psalms, Vol. 3, p. 912)

Mainstream?

imgoutputphp1Oxford University Press sends out daily emails with tibits from one of their grammar books, Garner’s Modern American Usage. (Hey, doesn’t everybody want to learn better language skills?) Today’s entry was on the term MAINSTREAM, a pretty common term these days. Here’s some of what they say (image and emphasis added):

mainstream, v.t.

“Mainstream” as a verb is a jargonistic vogue word. It originated in the mid-1970s when Congress mandated that handicapped children be accommodated in regular classrooms. The following use is typical — e.g.: “Adrienne Lissner of St. Louis advocates mainstreaming autistic children in school.” (A possible revision: “Adrienne Lissner of St. Louis advocates putting autistic children into regular classes.” Or: “Adrienne Lissner of St. Louis advocates keeping autistic children in regular schools.”)

In the 1980s the word came to be used more and more to denote the integration of any subculture into the main culture

I’m wondering: have American Christians become mainstreamed in the culture around us?? I fear they have, to a large extent. I think is does not please our Lord, who calls us to be “in the world, but not of the world.”

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