First Baptist Blowing Rock
"Take My Word for It" Following Jesus Sermon Series #17
Nov 27, 2016
With the recent Presidential elections over and after a nasty and ugly campaign, one thing is pretty obvious; regardless of which candidate you supported - the character and integrity of a candidate no longer matters to a majority of Americans. Both candidates trustable rankings were in the low 30 % meaning that over 70% of America did not trust or believe the word of either candidate and yet the same people who said they did not trust or believe a candidate went on to support and vote for that same candidate. We make excuses like "someone's private life" shouldn't effect their "public life" and yet that is the exact same argument Jesus was dispelling in his Sermon on the Mount! The religious leaders came to believe that as long as everything looked good publically, as long as you followed the prescribed rules - you were spiritual/righteous; Jesus came along and said they had missed the point! Here in Matthew 5:33-37 He argues that it is our private lives - the condition of our hearts that holds the key to everything we do and His followers cannot separate their private faith from their public lives. He does so by explaining why integrity and truthfulness are so important; why character matters, why our words, our promises and commitments matter! It was a counter cultural message in His day, and even more so today!