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POSTED: May 10, 2010 1:21 p.m.
The old hymn opens with the verse “A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, who gave His son my soul to save, and fit it for the sky.”  
It is this concept of the “charge” that causes me to reflect on our modern-day society. One of the definitions of a charge, according to Webster’s dictionary, is “To be given a duty, or command, or having the responsibility, control, or supervision of.”
It is that word — responsibility — that has drawn my attention. In times when selfishness seems to be the rule of the day, and the cares and concerns of others maybe the last thing on our mind, I challenge us to keep the charge.
Our country and culture were founded upon the principals that happiness and security can be achieved through hard work and faith in a God who blesses us to prosper. This God then in turns charges us with a command to be good citizens and show others the care and concern he has shown us.
As we look at our lives, let us make a personal commitment to keep our responsibility to be good parents, husbands, wives, children, citizens and people who show the love of God to others even as He has loved us.

Jones is presiding prelate at Higher Dimension Christian Fellowship Inc.
 

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