Pastor's Corner

14 Oct
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Mid-Week Challenge

I have to admit that I have actually enjoyed listening to the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.  Like one legal scholar said yesterday, “I actually learned something today.”  It has been a courteous and educational proceeding.  I have never witnessed a candidate as calm, prepared and confident as Judge Barrett.  It is obvious that she is the smartest person in the room when it comes to the U.S. Constitution and many other subjects she has had thrown at her.  Without any notes she speaks authoritatively about statutes, cases and proceedings that are way beyond anything I have studied, but she does so in a non-threatening, unbiased and unpretentious way.  She made me wish that I would have had her as professor!  I noticed that many of the senators could not unnerve her on knowledge of the law so they decided to make a veiled effort at her personal faith.  Even this subject was handled with graces and humility.  What an example of how an individual could have a strong faith and also a balanced understanding and application of the law.  I guess her approach describes it best; as a mature adult she knows how to avoid a mix of politics and religion.  She does not use one to prop up the other. She is a Christian first and that directs the sum total of her life.  She does not need to hide behind a verse of the Bible or use it as a weapon to wield her own way.  Her approach: the Bible speaks for itself and the Constitution does the same. These two resources are the foundations for her life.  Decisions are made according to what is written in each.  That’s what is missing from most people’s life today.  The sources of truth, the foundation of a belief system, are fluid; to them, they are constantly changing.  Foundational documents are interrupted by the individual based on what he or she wants it to say depending on their present circumstance.  To them, truth is evolving and people evolve.  In reality, truth is supposed to change the individual, not the other way around.  That is why someone like Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez feels like she can call a Christian a bigot when he or she does not practice the same form of Christianity the way she does.   When in fact, a bigot is someone who is intolerant of the opinions of others.  Or someone who’s better known for the cartoon series he created, now presents himself as an authority on U.S. racial history from a Christian point of view. 

In this hostile season we are living in, my prayer is that more people who approach the Bible for direction will do so with an attitude of “how can this change me” instead of “how can I use this to change others who disagree with me.”  If we would adopt this approach I believe we will be on our way to making a real difference for the Kingdom of our Lord! 

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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