The Great Society*

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President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s Dream in 1964–65 * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Society
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During the 1960’s the social upheaval, the negatives and the violence was only part of the story.  In those years President LBJ was part of an effort to make life more equitable for Americans.  He revealed his dream for a better America with his desired improvements in education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty, and transportation.

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Just getting a chance to create Federal programs that would facilitate these positive efforts took a great deal of political skill (LBJ was a master politician).  What was successful and what was not I will leave that up to you if you care to research the subject thoroughly.  I am not going to evaluate his effort, nor examine the historical record now.  My focus is on why I believe Christians can influence our society in many positive ways because of Biblical principles and can move humanity toward a Great Society nevertheless.

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The Bible does not indicate that humans can establish perfection on Earth; it does instruct us how to live better.
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The Holy Scriptures point us to a future when GOD will establish a New Kingdom upon a New Earth.  Jesus Christ will rule.

Revelation 21:1 ESV

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

In the meantime Christians can do a great deal (and some have) to make living on this Old Earth better.  Christians know from the Bible that humans are susceptible to self-serving motives and in some instances evil attitudes and behavior. Modern society dislikes the word “sin” so much that there are many people saying it does not exist; wishing it away will not make it vanish.  Acknowledging it will help people to do a better job at lessening sin and its negative effects.  The Bible paints a realistic picture of life as we know it and instructs us how to be victorious. First you must be honest.

Romans 3:23 ESV

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Next Christians must strive to live the new life they have been granted even as their spirit still dwells within their old body.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Victory over sin in this life requires a number of proscriptions and prescriptions.

Yet it is not a simple matter of memorizing a list of do and don’t instructions (Like The Ten Commandments), it is understanding our nature, believing GOD, and possess the commitment to persevere knowing at times we will fall short.

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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Even if Christians are diligent this Old World can only improve to a degree; human nature and current reality will prevail.

1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

Matthew 25:37-40 ESV

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Diogenes." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 17, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-476a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Diogenes.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 17, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-476a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Strive to be more Christ-Like, do good to demonstrate your gratitude for GOD’s grace and keep these words in mind:
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mother with six children in a tenement" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 17, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-a9aa-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Mother with six children in a tenement” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 17, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-a9aa-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Matthew 26:11 ESV 

For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. (Jesus said this before His death and Resurrection) 

 

 

 

 

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