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Where The Bible Applies

03 Jul

Years ago, I had an ally on one of the original discussion forums for Western English teachers and in one of his posts he said that the Bible applied to private lives only but not to businesses.  Prior to that I worked with a couple of Mormons who tried to start a newspaper in a small Oregon town and the publisher said one day, ‘Come Sunday you will see my faith…’, a comment which echoed the sentiments of the patriarch of the family depicted on the television show Family Matters who said, ‘When you come to church this Sunday, you will see how much faith I have’ (All quoted from memory).

It seems that some people, many most, have this idea that faith and the bible are relegated only to Sundays and the church services held on that day. What brought all this to mind is that I am reading D. Martin Lloyd-Jones’ book The Kingdom of God and he wrote;

In other words, the whole position is that because of the advance of knowledge, particularly scientific knowledge, everything is once more in the melting pot, and all we can do now is experiment to try to make discoveries, to try, if possible to get some sort of a map or a chart (pg. 10)

I have known of the thinking held by many unbelievers that the Bible is outdated for many years and that science as well as most of life should be free from religious thought or ideas. They think that the Bible does not apply anymore. But they are mistaken, of course, and the above examples are misguided in their thinking about their faith. {I do not hold that the Mormon cult is Christian nor do I support it. that man’s words are merely an example of what some people think}.

Contrary to those type of thoughts, the Bible applies to more areas of life than it is given permission to affect. The bible is the believer’s guideline on how to behave towards God, themselves, and others and as you read scripture, you will notice that neither God nor Jesus put restrictions on where their commands and teachings are applicable. or do they put any restrictions upon who is to implement them.

For businesses and corporations, the companies may not be human but those who act in their name are and the Bible applies to their words, their actions, their views and so on. This when the Bible says, ‘do unto others…’ then the people who act in the name of the company needs to make sure that how they are about to treat a customer, an associate, or a person whose property they want to acquire and so on, is the way that they would like to be treated.

Or if the passage of scripture says:

Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty. Ex. 23:7

Then companies, businessmen, lawyers, scientists and so on do not make false charges and do not harm the innocent. Or if the passage says

You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. (Deut. 16:19)

Then judges, politicians, presidents, school officials and so on cannot distort justice or take bribes.  We know it happens as the book Liberty and Justice For Some details just a limited amount of injustice taking place in America only right now. Who knows how much is actually done around the world? The number would be staggering.

Then if we look at 1 Peter 3, we read the following

10 For,

The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

The words, ‘the one’ is a general term meaning ‘whoever’ as is the word ‘those’ found in the last line of that passage. The Bible does not speak to or give guidelines ONLY to those who have repented of their sins and accepted Christ as their Savior. It speaks to everyone, whether they be governments, corporations, small businessmen, lawyers, teachers, judges  garbage men,  or whatever job is out there, and tells them this is how you are to act all the time, whether you be at work or not.

This passage found in Colossians

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,

speaks to parents as well as the pastor, the elder, the church member, the secretary and on it goes. Too often people like to place the Bible in boxes, only to be pulled out when its message benefits them, provides some form of encouragement or when they can manipulate its words in order to get some selfish desire implemented into the church. They do not allow for the bible to guide their lives when they need it most and they do not want the honesty of the Bible telling them they cannot do certain activities.

Unlike culture, the Bible does apply to every facet of life and the activity of every entity. It i snot subject to them nor is it subject to cultural norms or practices. The Bible helps us be the light unto a dark world, and that dark world contains governments, courtrooms, corporate offices, delivery services, hospitals, medical offices, and the list continues.

These areas of darkness will not improve or change if the believer holds to the restrictive mentality exampled in the first paragraph or so of this post.  How can the unsaved in those areas know there is a better way if no one who believes, lives as the Bible says or applies its teachings to their professional/employment lives? If you want injustices to stop then one needs to apply the Bible in that school or corporate board meeting or wherever you work.

Companies and governments, etc., can be Christian because the humans who occupy those employment opportunities can be Christian.  The key is to make sure you are acting in the correct way, the way that Jesus wants, telling the truth with love, humbleness and so on.

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