Care for the Fatherless

The Bible has much to say about God?s concern for the downtrodden. In particular, the fatherless are one of the groups singled out for special consideration. ?You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child,? God commands His people (Exodus 22:22). In contrast, as servants of God we are to ?give justice to the weak and the fatherless? (Psalm 82:3). A Growing Crisis Sometimes a child is left fatherless through the tragedy of death. Increasingly, however, children are fatherless because of a breakdown in parental responsibility. Since 1970 in the United States, for example, the rate of divorce has doubled … Continue reading Care for the Fatherless

Know the Time

?The times, they are a changing.? Bob Dylan?s observation of social upheaval in the 1960s describes the churches of Christ at the opening of the twenty-first century. Worship is changing. Congregations bring in all manner of deviance, pandering to every selfish whim. Entertainment replaces reverence. Emotionalism replaces obedience. The spirit of this age replaces the Spirit of Grace. Church government is changing. Freelance organizations misappropriate the work God intends for the church of Christ. Mercenary professionals usurp the divinely authorized assignments of pastor, deacon, and evangelist. Congregations become fraternal societies, existing to meet the needs of their members. They are … Continue reading Know the Time