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We Must Be Born Again

 

John 3:3, ‘No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’

 

I have been stuck for several days with thoughts on this verse.  I fully intended to write them yesterday but got sidetracked.  Another topic has been on my mind so as I sat at my computer, I found myself in a struggle over which one to write about.

 

Recently I have seen several quotes from our founding fathers that convey their humility before God, their dependence on Him and their recognition of His ways as the only basis on which governing principals could be derived that would stand the test of time, life and man’s propensity to assert his own interests in it.

 

The more I sat and thought about the two topics, the topic of needing to be born again began to seem flat.  So I began writing about the other.  Last night, after watching Osteen at Yankee Stadium, I noticed a Billy Graham Classic was on next.  Having only heard him in his later years, I have never understood why he drew such crowds.  Now I know.

 

I think the title of the message was ‘What is Wrong with the World’.   It was 1958 in Charlotte, NC – the town he grew up in – in what was then the largest domed structure in the world.  It was filled to capacity with 13,000 people. 

 

Sin is what is wrong with the world and unless you are born again, man’s propensity is to assert his own interests.  It was a dynamic message.  As I heard it, my heart was gripped by the truth, the simplicity and the fact that I had allowed myself to be sidetracked – that I had allowed myself to see the need to be born again as flat.

 

To a member of the Jewish ruling council – Nicodemus – a teacher of God’s people, Jesus would say, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again’.  Unless you are born again, you cannot see that ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only Son’.  Unless you are born again you cannot see that ‘God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that through Him the world might be saved’.  Unless you are born again, ‘you will love darkness instead of light’. 

 

If we do not first get that right, all else is irrelevant.  But from that we have His light to light our way.  Our founding fathers, at least some of them, had this light.  It affected the way they lived, the way they believed and the way they governed.  They tried to elevate His ways.

 

It is sick today (sorry, I can’t think of a better word) to see how far we have come.  Unless more people literally get ‘born again’, from the common people to the leaders of our nation and churches, this nation, which was formed by men who did see His kingdom, will be stolen by men who do not.  We must be born again.    

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