Thursday, April 30, 2009

Building Safe Homes

Every Home Needs Some Strong Walls
Pr 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
The devil hates rules – He hates walls that keep him out. He loves to be able to just walk into a home and do as he pleases! The best thing to do is make sure he can’t get in (Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.). And the only way to do that is by having some protective walls of separation between you and the devil – let’s call it insulation! The Bible calls it separation, and to have it, you have to put on “the whole armour of God!”

Rules, control, structure – they all are compared to protective walls around a city. Without rules, without control, a person’s life is under constant attack and ultimately crumbles under the pressures of life! Most of the 60’s and 70’s generation grew up throwing off every rule and moral obligation as fast as possible – they tore down the walls that protected them from destruction! And thus explains the high divorce rate, high suicide rate, the high domestic violence rate, the high crime rate, the high rate of drug-use – and on and on it gos?

All of that has always been out there
1. Divorce did not start in the 1960’s
2. Crime wasn’t invented with the Beatles
3. Sex outside of marriage didn’t start at Woodstock in 1969
4. Alcoholic drink didn’t begin with Dean Martin in the 1950’s – even though he drank enough for a hundred people!

No! Those things were always there – but they weren’t wide-spread. Why? What happened? Simply, Family, and Society walls were pulled-down. Protective walls of separation were slowly, methodically weakened, and then torn down. And anyone who tried to stop or slow the decay was rejected as part of the fringe element – labelled fundamentalists, and party-poopers, and square, and legalists, and joy-killers, and dictators But they were really, only wall-builders! Lovers of their homes, and communities. People who knew what life would be like without certain, specific walls


Anonymous said...

"Protective walls" is key, not walls of isolation.

I have understood your post this way for a long time, I just confused the isolation part, which has many confused today.

D. Porter said...

The walls in your post are, indeed, crucial. You know, two of the biggest groups in this country that attempt and intend to tear down the wall of our homes are the public school system and child protective service. Apparently, these two systems hire only teachers and counselors with perfect families; so, they go after us who don't have the privilege of having a perfect family.

bwilber777 said...

Amen Pastor!

Dr Dave Noffsinger said...

I tried to be careful not to call it "isolation but instead I said "let’s call it insulation".
I have found that no matter what society we live in we must insulate ourselves and our families from the Devil.
I believe the confusion comes when we don't explain, what we are to separate from and why we should separate from those things. Leaving question and doubt in the minds of those we are trying to protect.

D. Porter said...

Insulate and isolate..That'll preach