Thursday, February 18, 2016

The GED, Standards, And God

I read in the February 5, 2016 edition of The Item an article about the GED.  Just in case you don't know, the GED has to do with taking a series of tests for earning a certificate equivalent to a high school diploma.  Anyway, in the article I learned that the required score used to be a 150.  But now the required score has been changed to a 145.  So now people can score a little lower and still earn the certificate.
See what happened?  The standard changed.  What once was expected of people is not what is expected today.

Times change.
People change.
Expectations change.

But what about God?  Does He raise and lower the bar of His standards for you and me?  Let's think about this for a moment.

The Bible tells us that He is "the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)  That's all about the unchanging nature of our Lord.  His character and ways are permanent and set.  

Because of that, His standards remain the same.  "Be holy, because I am holy."  That's what God says in 1 Peter 1:16.  God is pure and righteous inside and out.  Simply put, He is good in every way.  And He holds us to that standard.  God expects purity and righteousness from us.  That was true in the past.  It's true in the present.  And it will remain true in the future.

In His word, God calls us to behave ourselves appropriately.  He wants holiness in our lives.  And this will always be the case.

Times change.  
What society deems acceptable will change.  
But God and His standards forever remain the same.

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