Nehemiah was a leader. He was organized. He was a worker. But the thing that stands out the most about Nehemiah was his consistency. Boy, do we need this today!
Remember when gas was twenty-nine cents a gallon or when you could buy a soft drink for under a dime? Maybe you can remember when you could buy a three-bedroom house for fourteen thousand dollars, or a brand new car for under two thousand dollars. Why, I even remember when doctors used to make house calls and milk was delivered to your door, postage stamps were three cents, and taxes were at a minimum. Some of you may remember when you went to bed at night and the doors were, not only not locked, they were left open to let some cool air in the house. (There were no air conditioners, but what do you expect for fourteen thousand dollars?) Do you remember when lawn mowers had no motors, and mowers were propelled by man power?
We call these the good ‘ol days, but need I remind you that back then, in the good ‘ol days, using God’s name in vain was not allowed in person or on television? Movies that promoted violence or rebellion or the rock music culture was not tolerated. Dress was modest and everyone, or just about everyone, went to church on Sunday. It was considered a special “holy” day.
It’s interesting to me how our times have changed to fit our agenda and lifestyle. For example, we call them the good ‘ol days when we talk about the price of houses, cars, stamps, or soft drinks; but when you mention modesty and decency in dress, television, and movies, etc. they are no longer called the good ‘ol days, we are called old- fashioned. Now, you can’t have it both ways if the price of houses, cars, stamps, and soft drinks were the good ‘ol days, then so it is with dress standards and decency.Maybe we just need to go back to the good ‘ol days, for I would rather be called old-fashioned than worldly any day. At least we would be consistent.
✞ Strive for Godly consistency.
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