Pastor's Corner

26 Feb
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Mid-Week Challenge

Living in denial will cost you.  In the past few years we have come up with some pretty interesting terms to describe people we disagree with.  A person who does not believe in manmade climate change is called a Climate Change Denier or an Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) Denier. Another would be gender deniers.  British politician Dawn Butler has drawn criticism for suggesting that babies are born without any specific biological gender. https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/will-maule/politician-suggests-that-babies-are-born-without-biological-sexes.html  There are those today who deny the Earth is round.  One well known round Earth denier named “Mad" Mike Hughes died last week trying to prove the flat-Earth theory. His homemade rocket crashed in the Nevada desert.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/02/23/mad-mike-hughes-dead/

Psychoanalytic theory tries to explain denial by calling it a psychological defense we all use at times to reduce our anxiety when something feels particularly disturbing. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/our-emotional-footprint/201512/the-denial-reality  Just because something feels disturbing does not make it false. Taking this thought a step further, in psychiatry, the word “delusion” means a firm belief in some idea which is known to be false.

In our culture today we are witnessing a growing mix of denial and delusion.  What happens when what appears to be intelligent and sane adults vehemently deny truths despite a body of irrefutable data?  Unfortunately I guess it lead to building steam rockets that crash in the desert. I guess the try to lead others to believe there is no physical difference between boys and girls at birth.  Then they lead nations into economic ruin in the pursuit of a political agenda.  All of these things based on pure emotion in the face of obvious facts.   

It’s amazing to study the history of human behavior when it comes to the things we believe and deny.  Those things have changed many times over the years.  Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent for some Christians that marks the period of time leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  You might see people walking around today with an ash colored cross symbol on their forehead marking their practice.  Not all Christians participate in this practice but it’s a way to symbolize something personal that many outside the faith deny.  Some look at the symbol and laugh or mock another’s faith practice out of ignorance.  One does not have to wear the symbol to be a follower but no one should deny the existence of the significance of its meaning.  And that’s what is so troubling.  Even with all the evidence God has given us to prove His existence there are millions in this country who still deny Him.   

During His time on Earth, Jesus told us that there would be those who would deny His existence. He even told Peter that he would deny Him three times.  But there is a much more troubling passage that tells us of what is to come in the end of time.  In Matthew 10:32-33, Jesus says, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”

Today, what are you doing to make sure people know you are a Christian? You don’t have to deny Him with your words; you can deny God with your actions.  Be aware of your witness.  All of us are witnesses.  We are either good ones or bad ones.  No one can deny that truth. 

 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

 

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