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Devotionals by Dr. Ed Young

July 20

We live in the polling age. Should marijuana be legalized? Take a poll. Is abortion every woman's inalienable right? Take a poll. Is pre-marital sex wrong? Take a poll. But poll-taking is no barometer of right and wrong, only of popular opinion. The standard has been established on right and wrong, and it was set by God Himself. Unfortunately, our culture seems to live and die by the standard reflected in the polls.

Once upon a time there was a man named Ed. (I'll give him my own name in this fictional example.) Ed lived to make other people happy, and he lived in a land where everyone wore coats. These people never removed their coats, and because Ed wanted to fit in, he tried to wear the color of coat that would please people most. His mother liked blue, so Ed wore blue. When he did, she praised him. When he wore another color, she said, "Yuk, Ed. Put on your blue coat." But Ed's boss liked green and all his co-workers wore green. The blue coat was quickly discarded, and replaced by a green one. When Ed wore green, his boss applauded. When he wore another color, his boss said, "Yuk, Ed! What happened to the green coat?" Soon Ed got very adept at changing coats. He carried several colors with him at all times. When he wore the right coat, he was praised: Yea, Ed!" When he wore the wrong coat, he was booed: "Yuk, Ed!" You can imagine what eventually happened. Ed became a "Yea-Yuk" man. He could please almost everyone, almost all of the time. He was popular and powerful. But he lost the ability to choose right and wrong for himself. He simply became a reflection of the desires of others.

Jesus encountered such a man. But his name was not Ed, it was Pilate. He was asked to choose, but he could not. He simply took a poll, and gave the people what they wanted. Isn't it time for us to stop listening to the "Yea-Yuk" men and pollsters, and take a stand for the truth of God?


2 CHRONICLES 7:14 If…My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


2 Chronicles 26Jeremiah 39  

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The Winning Walk with Dr. Ed Young is the international on-air and online teaching ministry of Dr. Ed Young, Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. The Winning Walk proclaims the proven truth of God’s Word to give men and women the world over a winning way to live life.

About Dr. Ed Young

Dr. H. Edwin Young was born in Laurel, Mississippi. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 12 through the leading of his pastor's wife, Mrs. Gates.

Following graduation from high school in Laurel, Dr. Young entered the University of Alabama as an engineering major. Mid-way through his freshman year, challenged by an atheist in his dorm who questioned his belief in God, he began to seek God's purpose for his life. Six months later, he surrendered to the call to preach the Gospel, and enrolled at Mississippi College to continue his education.

On June 28, 1959, he married Jo Beth Landrum. Dr. Young's preparation for the ministry continued at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His first pastorate was in North Carolina, and he pastored in North and South Carolina until 1978 when he moved to Houston, Texas. He became the pastor at Second Baptist Church where he continues to pastor today. The congregation has grown from 2,000 members in 1978 to over 6 campuses and we have reached over 70 thousand members.

Dr. Young was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June of 1992 and again in June, 1993. He is the author of many books including, Total Heart Health, The 10 Commandments of Parenting, and The 10 Commandments of Marriage. Dr. Young's broadcast ministry, The Winning Walk, can be seen and heard across North America and throughout the world.

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