Do Something Great For The World1
Do you want to do something good for the world?
Go to church.
Moral decline has rendered the United States of America, a once vibrant nation to which all the world flocked (and still does even in her wretched condition) little more than a moral junkyard.
Nations across the world be they rich, poor, communist, Muslim, conservative, liberal, secularist and sexually permissive all agree that children should be raised by both mother and father. Yet 23% of children in America live in a household with one parent, and no other adults.
Worldwide the percentage of single parent homes is 7%.
China is 3%, Nigeria 4%, Canada 15%, France 16%, Denmark 17%.
But it isn't the verdict of other nations from which Christians take their moral cues, but from the teachings of the holy Christian religion. Both nature and Christian teaching inform us that children should be raised by 2 parents. (And let us never forget Scriptures oft-repeated promise of the Lord's special love for the widow and the orphan.)
But before anyone gets too depressed let us remember that what is done is done. We cannot go back in time, but we can move forward. We can hope and trust in God to sustain us, even if our circumstances are of our own making. We can pray him who forgives all sins in Christ to be merciful to us in our circumstances, and to bless us richly, and he will! (All proceeding from fatherly divine goodness and mercy.)
And so if you want to find earthly blessing, and do something good, indeed great for the world, go to church! Worship God. Confess your sins. Find remission and gain strength from the words of Jesus to the lame man that he healed: "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you." (John 5:14) Pray for the world, for "all sorts and conditions of men" as Thomas Cranmer famously taught us to pray.
And hear the words of the holy gospel from the 103rd Psalm: "He forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases." And again, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31)