Pastor's Corner

9 Mar
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Mid-Week Challenge

One of the reasons I believe the Bible to be trustworthy and accurate is that it does not seek to make the characters described to be superheroes.  They are presented as real people with real struggles and real reactions to everyday activities.  It’s too bad that in modern times the world has been allowed to view the Church, and those who make up its numbers, as those who consider themselves to be superhuman, having a better approach to life and superior standing on all things moral and ethical.  This stereotype has caused many to embraced claims about the Church that simply are not true.  They might have individual examples, but these do not constitute the behavior or teachings of the entire movement.  The Church, of course, has plenty of problems. But how has the gap between reality and perception grown so wide?  The writers at BreakPoint believe they have part of the answer.  

They write, “Part of the problem is myopia. It is human nature to think that our perception of the world is true, and to downplay or even ignore evidence to the contrary. This is especially true when we are trying to stand with victims and work for wrongs to be righted.”  We have become a victim-based society and any “underdog” story gets more attention and more play than those of the everyday life stories.  These stories get told over and over until they become the majority perceived reality.  It is no secret that the world does not like the Church, so any negative story is celebrated.  Atheist Thomas Nagel honestly admitted in his book The Last Word, “It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God. … I don’t want there to be a God. I don’t want the universe to be like that.”  The World does not want the Bible to be true because it calls us to personal responsibility and redemption.  Our culture today is “therapeutic, not religious. People today hunger not for personal salvation, but for the feeling, the momentary illusion, of personal well-being, health, and psychic security,” as author Christopher Lasch writes.  https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/breakpoint/what-church-is-really-like.html

Jesus said that we would have trouble in this world if we chose the path of Christianity, not because of the teachings, but because of Him.  The world hates the idea of being accountable.  It’s much easier to blame a system that is fluid than a Savior who is never changing. The BreakPoint writers go on to say, “The advantage to being a Christian is seeing reality as it really is. It makes perfect sense that the people willing to accept the Bible as the true account of the world would be the people most able to live at peace in the world. If we’ve found that peace, it’s by God’s grace, and our task is to invite the lost to come and find it, too.”  

Christians aren’t better people; we have just learned to live a more satisfying life because we are able to make peace with our fallen condition.  When we stop trying to place blame for all the bad in the world, admit our own imperfections and stop pretending perfection is possible, the World will find that the call of Christ is much more appealing than the media makes it out to be.  

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God - Romans 3:23

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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