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The Rising Sun

After the signing of the constitution in 1787, Benjamin Franklin commented about the chair in which George Washington had sat through all the weeks and months of their preparations. At the top of the chair were the golden rays of the sun. He told Washington that throughout all the proceedings he had wondered if it was a rising or setting sun.

Then Washington asked him, “What have you decided, Mr. Franklin?” He did not hesitate with his response. He said, “It is a rising sun.”

At the beginning of this New Year, we face a rising sun, not a setting one. Be an optimist. Though times are hard, you can still believe the best is yet to be. Hang on to hope. The scriptures say, “Hope thou in God.” Let’s put our hope in the Lord and not in Washington or Wall Street as we move into a New Year. 

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Today's Devotional

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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