Most of the time, change is good. We all want to grow, get stronger, learn more, see more places, etc. Certainly we are aware of the fact that our methods and tactics must change and adapt when we become ineffective. We must take advantage of opportunities as they are presented. On and on we could go.
But not all change is good. “Change” continues to barrel over our country at a rapidly destructive pace. The powers-that-be seem to be dead-set at making it more and more difficult to be an openly practicing and faithful Christian. Laws are being established that, if followed, would effectively silence the preaching of the Gospel and remove the church from its God-appointed role as the defender of divine truth.
Consider how times have changed in the last 240 years when it comes to the way that worship and general ethical-moral behavior is concerned. On July 5, 1775, General George Washington issued this order to the Continental Army:
“The General most earnestly requires and expects a due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing, and drunkenness. And in like manner, he requires and expects of all officers and soldiers not engaged in actual duty, a punctual attendance of Divine services, to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense.”
Washington said his army could not curse or swear?
Same is true for soldiers of Christ (Eph. 4:29-5:4).
Washington said his army could not be drunkards?
Same is true for soldiers of Christ (1 Cor. 6:10; Gal. 5:21).
Washington said his army was required to attend worship services?
Same is true for soldiers of Christ (Acts 20:7; Heb. 10:25).
Washington said his army was expected to implore the blessing of Heaven in supplication and prayer?
Same is true for soldiers of Christ (1 Tim. 2:1; 1 Thess. 5:17).
Today, public officials could not get away with issuing an order similar to the one given by General Washington. How times have changed! – Bart Warren, South Green Street church of Christ, Glasgow, KY