By Carlton McLeod
Greetings, fellow citizens! In the last article I wrote (August, 2013) I posed a question: “What would our homes and communities look like if the change many of us are seeking actually happened?” The premise of that article is simple: a loving return to the practical application of an old doctrine . . . the Sufficiency of Scripture.
I believe revival starts with a repentant return to Christ and His Word alone to govern every aspect of our lives. The Bible alone is the inspired and infallible written authority for faith and morals. As the Apostle Paul told Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
So, what does this look like practically? If we view Scripture as sufficient for “every aspect” of our lives, then we will find no area of our lives untouched by God’s Word. For example, families would look radically different if the biblical role of the husband, wife and children were understood not from culture, but from Scripture:
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” (Ephesians 5:25)
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.” (Ephesians 5:22–23)
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1–4)
What if you had NO debt?
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)
How would you view education?
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:6–7)
“Fathers . . . bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
Can you imagine a society conformed to biblical morality (Exodus 20)?
“You shall have no other gods before me.”
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them . . .”
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain . . .”
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
“Honor your father and your mother . . .”
“You shall not murder.”
“You shall not commit adultery.”
“You shall not steal.”
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
“You shall not covet . . .”
Friends, this type of reformation might seem naive, unrealistic, or even impossible! But can you envision this change in your home, your children, or culture? Everyone is looking for answers – they’ve been in the Bible all along!