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A Verse for Meditation

Torah ScrollDeclare God’s glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.  Psalm 96:3

  • Some Christians agree with secular thinkers that Christians should be quiet and keep their faith to themselves. What does the Bible say about this idea? What did God teach the psalmist?
  • Nations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and China have completely secular governments. They require religious groups to be registered, they forbid the production or use of unauthorized religious materials, and they even forbid worship in buildings that have not be registered and licensed for that purpose. What does this psalm suggest the psalmist might do if he lived under a regime like that? What would you do if you lived under such regulatory control?
  • The president of the USA told the world in a speech that America is not a Christian nation. In what sense is that true? In what sense is that untrue? Must Christianity be the state religion in order for the USA to be a Christian nation? What would be wrong if people in other countries perceive us as a Christian nation?
  • I have been told more than once that there are places where it is discourteous or insulting to speak Christ’s name. What is the difference between being a faithful witness to Christ at all times in all places and being a religious boor?