Humility and Responsibility

Reverend Peter Marshall was one of the best-known Senate Chaplains, appointed Jan. 04, 1947 after WWII ended and the Korean War was beginning.  Ten years earlier he had become the minister of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.  He came from Scotland, and became an American citizen in 1938.

On Jan. 13, 1947, U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall stated: “The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights. … The time is come to hear about responsibilities. … America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.” (Bill Federer, The American Minute)(emphasis mine)

This need has not changed.  In a society where some group is demanding “their rights” at every tick of the clock, now more than ever we need to have responsibilities.  Too many people are expecting something for nothing; too many people want the rewards of freedom without any thing being expected of them.  They don’t want to be responsible for their actions, but they cry foul when things don’t go their way or they don’t get what they think they deserve.

We hear the word “entitlement” used to describe this idea.  It’s the idea that I deserve anything I want because i am a human being and no other human being has the right to tell me I can’t have it.  I deserve it, period.  It doesn’t matter if I don’t do anything productive in society,  all that matters is that I exist right now, just the way I am, and that alone gives me the right to have what I want when I want it.

It’s a lie straight from hell, and it is being propagated by the liberal media, social media, TV, and Hollywood to warp the minds of not just young people but every one who lacks a sound moral compass to guide them.

There is no moral compass more sound than the Word of God.

Entitlement is the exact opposite of humility.  True humility does not present itself in any way of deserving any thing.  In the Bible, Abraham said ” I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to talk to God”.  God, Who Abraham came to realize is the Creator of all things, Who is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-being, never-sleeping, Who can end the world just as He started it, was going to allow Abraham, one of God’s created beings, to speak to HIM.  The psalmist later wrote “What is mankind that You are mindful of them; human beings that you care for them?”  Abraham acknowledged the Awesome Mystery of God and His Holiness, as well as his own unworthiness to approach Him.

Oswald Chambers wrote ‘Genuine unworthiness is never shy before God any more than a child is shy before his mother.  A child of God is conscious only of his entire dependence upon God.”

This concept of being created by God, of being utterly and wholly dependent on His grace and mercy, is lost in today’s America of self-acceptance and politically correct social behavior.  Americans refuse to accept the idea of sin.  They have lost the fear of God, and failing to understand what they cannot see or explain, they turn to science and philosophy for answers.  They have created God in their own image, and thus have made themselves an idol before God.  Being human, faith in themselves is based only on empirical knowledge, what they can see and touch and understand.  Refusing to admit their own imperfections, they find faith in mankind is of little consequence in their daily lives.

A.W. Tozer says that being human, we are forced to use human terms to describe what God is, and being human, we cannot grasp with full understanding the Being of God (The Knowledge of The Holy).  The created can only understand what the Creator reveals, and everything else is accepted by faith.  Jesus said “All things have been committed to me by my Father.  No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Luke 10:22)

Jesus said “I and the Father are One.  If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.”  He said to Thomas “Blessed are those who have not seen, but believe.”

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourself, it is the gift of God– not by works, so no one can boast.”  (Eph. 2:8-9)

“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  (John 1:12)

Believe it.

Receive it.

Live it.