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January 13, 2014

AfterGlow: Fans of Righteousness (Jul – Dec 1995)

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by Phillip Morrison
July – December, 1995

The world in which I grew up seemed much simpler than the world today. At least the rules which shaped my early life were simply phrased. Love God. Love your neighbor. Don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal. Don’t hate. Don’t kill.

Complications began during World War II when the people who had taught me not to hate or kill began to equivocate. After all, we were engaged in a war where “we” were right and “they” were wrong. As the guardians of both democracy and Christianity, we had to prevail. Killing was still wrong, but some killing could be excused if not justified.

Now, people who are absolutely opposed to abortion will often make exceptions and allow abortion when pregnancy results from rape or incest. My exceptions are allowed; your exceptions are abhorrent.

Perhaps all the easy questions were answered in earlier and simpler times. Maybe the only questions left are those mind-boggling complexities that even Solomon would find challenging. Or maybe, like Lot, we become so accustomed to the darkness that we forget what it is like to live in the light.

There are many indications that people are tired of the darkness. William Bennett’s Book of Virtues surprised a lot of cynics when it made the best-seller lists. And there isn’t anything new on any of its 818 pages! The wisdom of the ages, eternal truth, and a call to righteousness appeal to a lot of us.

Earlier this summer I stood with 50,000 other men in St. Petersburg’s Thunderdome, praising God and making some promises to him. Men who choose to become Promise Keepers pledge to live by the same moral code I was taught as a child. The promises we solemnly made that Saturday in Florida were:

    1. I will honor Jesus Christ through prayer, worship, and obedience to His Word in the power of the Holy Spirit.


  • I will pursue vital relationships with a few other men, understanding that I need brothers to help me keep my promises.



  • I will practice spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity.



  • I will build a strong marriage and family through love, protection, and biblical values.



  • I will support the mission of my church by honoring and praying for my pastor and by actively giving my time and resources.



  • I will reach beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.



  • I will help influence my world, being obedient to the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).


In 13 major conferences across America, more than half a million men will make those promises this year—and will hold one another accountable to keep them. As a result, we, our families, our churches, and our communities will be blessed by God.

Someone has said that the early Christians did not wring their hands and wonder what the world was coming to; they went out bearing witness to the One who had come to the world. When that becomes our passion, His peace will be our possession.Wineskins Magazine

Phillip Morrison

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