Pastor's Corner

8 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

Has anyone accused you of believing in fairytales if you take the Bible serious?  The Old Testament stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and Jonah all seem a little hard to believe if you listen to a college professor or someone who watches a lot of Discovery Channel.  You might be tempted to let those Old Testament stories go as a metaphor or poetry, that is until you get into the New Testament and discover that Jesus, Peter, John, Paul and James all took them literal.  If Jesus believed they were true, why don’t we?  Folks like and other Christian archeologist have done a great job using science and natural discovery to prove many of the Bible stories to be true but nothing takes the place of those who actually lived through the events.  Sure, Peter never met Jonah but if you believe Jesus is who He says He is, then He created that big fish that swallowed Jonah.  

Believe in the stories or not, Christian, Jewish, Muslim or not, it is one thing to disagree personally but something entirely different when someone tries to tie another’s faith to their lack of intelligence in attempting to understand their political beliefs.  I’m not insulted when someone says they don’t believe the way I do about the Bible, but I am greatly offended when someone attempts to connect my faith and politics as a way to explain my inability to see things their way politically.  

On "Meet the Press" last Sunday NBC News anchor Chuck Todd spent time on the show focusing on the spread of "misinformation" in the media in an attempt to show why people support President Trump.  During a panel discussion he referenced a letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader from last January.  Todd explained why he thought it was a "fascinating attempt" to explain why so many Americans support President Trump.  Here’s what the letter had to say: 

"Why do people support Trump? It's because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales... This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good... The more fairy tales and lies he tells the better they feel... Show me a person who believes in Noah's ark and I will show you a Trump voter."  After sharing this portion of the letter Todd then addressed his panel by saying, "This gets at something, Dean (New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet), that my executive producer likes to say, 'Hey, voters want to be lied to sometimes.' They don't always love being told hard truths,"  

And there is why so many Christians support conservative candidates.  Not that we like to be lied to, and certainly not because we like the character of people like President Trump, but we don’t like having our intelligence and our faith insulted.  Not only did Todd alienate Christians but also Jews and Muslims who also believe the Old Testament stories.  In a two party political system the intelligent voter goes with the candidate’s party that is not at war with their faith. Many Progressive candidates speak of their personal faith but have openly stated they would take steps in limiting the public expression and practice of people of faith if they were elected. This is just one more example of the media and leaders in our nation not caring to understand what we as a nation really want and believe.  If they think we are not listening to what they are saying about us then the joke is on them.     

Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may sound wise, but they are only human teachings. 

They come from the powers of this world and not from Christ. Colossians 2:8

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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