FALL SEASON! They tell me it is the Fall time of year but since it will be 90 degrees today where I live in Florida I don’t think that designation carries much significance. But with September the football season has arrived and I must admit that I don’t have enthusiasm for the game and the teams I used to because of all the politicizing, emphasis on money and hero worship that abounds today. In fact I stopped watching pro ball several years ago and have no interest in investing any more time on the game in the future. One of the great things about America is that we all can choose what we watch or play or follow and yet we can still be friends and not disparage each other.

I do however have some real concerns about where Christians place their priorities today and how the church interacts with those priorities and the culture. Does the church really have an impact on the culture or has the culture invaded and changed the church? In our churches today and in the lives of Christians in America today which provides the greatest influence; the Bible or the culture? Are changes in the church based on biblical principles or on the influence of the culture around us? And I might ask if many Christians are more occupied with Fantasy Football than with biblical study what does that say about us? Culture and Christianity has always been a balancing act down through history and maybe more so today in such a diverse and changing America. But have you really thought about it? Biblical principles transcend cultures and the spiritual needs of mankind permeate all cultures. The real issue is planting the message of Christ and the Church in a culture without letting the culture corrupt the Church. “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,” (Proverbs 3:13 NIV). Some food for thought on this Fall day.

("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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