Does the world need “Elders”?

July 27, 2007 at 11:36 am | Posted in Christianity | 1 Comment
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I will readily admit that I’m behind on the news that is going on. I am still working a daily job, as well as preparing for a huge church function, preparing to coach my daughter’s soccer team, researching my next sermon, and trying to get all my thoughts together on my new venture: an online evangelistic t-shirt company.

Even with all of that going on, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write on something that seemed so grossly out of place and just plain weird. The news item in question is the announcement of a group of “Elders” that will use their combined wisdom and insight to help solve the “global community’s” problems. The group of Elders includes Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Muhammad Yunus, Ela Bhatt, Graca Machel, and Nelson Mandela. 

Not to be rude, blunt, or sound ignorant, but I don’t know most of the people listed and regardless of whether I know who they are or not, why are they the ones “chosen” to be Elders? The group was proposed by millionaire Richard Branson (Virgin Records) and Peter Gabriel. Is this really the type of people that should be choosing “wise” men? Does this group represent the type of wisdom that the world needs? Many of the members of the Elders are pro-homosexual , pro-abortion, and pro-population control. Is that what the world needs? Maybe it’s kind of like this: “If we can’t keep you from being born, then we’ll keep you from reproducing, and if we can’t do that, then when you’re old enough to not fight us off, we’ll euthanize you”. Sure, it’s brash but how close to the truth is it?

The group states that it’s only agenda “is that of humanity”. What the heck does that mean? Am I the only one that sees absolutely no content in that statement? Haven’t we seen enough of the “agenda of humanity” over the last few thousand years? They continue by stating that their goal is “to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair.” Maybe I’m just a little dim, but that doesn’t make sense to me. If you advocate pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, and pro-population control measures, what can you possibly do to bring courage, peace, or hope? You can’t bring courage. Your stance only increases the fear that people have. If you’re willing to kill in the name of “reproductive rights”, “women’s health”, and so on, how can you eradicate fear? How can you bring peace in conflict when you are killing off innocent people so that our “global environment” sees a “release of pressure”? How can you bring hope when you are taking life? What could you possibly see in your beliefs that would bring about the change that our world needs? How would any of the things that the Elders support change the world for the better?

Instead, how about a plan that will actually work. It is really simple. DO WHAT GOD SAYS! Look, it only took me four words to write too! Here is just a little outline of something that might work to change the world:

1.      The Word of God says that all men should “not be wise in their own eyes”. Instead, they should “fear the Lord and turn away from evil”. (Prov. 3:7) It also says that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. (Prov. 9:10) Can someone who advocates the murder of unborn children truly say that they fear the Lord? How about someone who is in favor of euthanasia and population control? Or what about someone who promotes homosexuality? God says that it’s an abomination (Lev. 18:23). If we promote that, do we truly fear the Lord? The wisdom that we need only comes from God.

2.      Repent. If the world needs anything right now, it is repentance. This doesn’t come through Buddah, Allah, Muhammed, Bramha, intellectualism, or any one of the thousands of other gods that much of the world gives their lives to. Repentance only comes one way. It comes through the realization that we are all sinners. If you’ve told one lie, you’re a sinner. If you’ve hated someone even once, you’re a sinner. If you’ve stolen the pencil from the putt putt golf place, you’re a sinner. If you’ve looked with lust, you’ve committed adultery and are a sinner. As sinners, we can only gain repentance one way. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) That Name is Jesus.

Jesus Himself said “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). Every one of us needs to admit that we are sinners and need the gift of the cross. We have to know that without accepting the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross, we will all end up in hell, against God’s will (2 Pet 3:9) But repentance isn’t only asking for forgiveness of our sins, it is turning from them. That means that we have to depend on God to give us the strength to make it through each day. If we can do this, we are well on the way to seeing our entire planet change.

3.      Love like Christ loves us. This is the only way that our nations will ever change. When we fear the Lord, repent of our sins, and love others like Christ loves us, we will see permanent change. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love, one for another”. (John 13:35) He also said, “No greater love has a man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”.(John 15:13)

In a time when everyone thinks only about themselves, and noone is willing to sacrifice because it might actually cost them something, and marriage is no longer a convenant but a fad, it is obvious that true love is the missing link. The world no longer knows what true love is. They no longer feel the true love of Christ. If we can get back to that, and we can truly love like Jesus loves, then we will see many things that have been missing for a long time.

The world doesn’t need more self-professed wise men. We see those on the infomercials every day. It doesn’t need someone trying to fix their problems. It doesn’t need someone to try to be courageous, peaceful, or hopeful. What the world needs is for the love of Christ to flood them to their core and wash away the sin, the shame, and the heartache of generations. What the world needs is to be lead to the God who “has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). They need to see just “how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity” (Ps. 133:1). They need to meet the One “in whose name the gentiles will hope”. (Matt. 12:21) They need Jesus. But “how then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent?”

It is on us who believe to bring the message of the gospel. It is on us to show each other and the world the love of the only begotten Son of the Living God. No one else can do it. I pray that the world would stop looking to man for the answer to its problems and look to the God of heaven and earth. May it start with you and I…

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  1. I totally agree with your opinion of the Elders. Although they are loved and respected by the world at least some of this unelected cabal are viscous in their dedication to destroying traditional societies and the family.
    The weakening of the family, the destruction of traditional societies, the financial crisis are precursors and the excuse that will be used for the return of a despotic rein of a kind of a communism and a final battle to eradicate religion.

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