Pastor's Corner

13 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

Wow, I don’t even know where to begin this week.  So much has happened in our world since the last newsletter.  Here we sit, one week away from the inauguration of Joe Biden, COVID looms, vaccines are out there but not getting distributed to people, families are waiting for another stimulus package, and the House of Representatives has put its full weight into impeaching Donald Trump for the second time.  A headline I read yesterday on Politico stated: Inside Pelosi’s push to impeach Trump: This time it’s personal  That reads like a line from a Hollywood blockbuster movie trailer.  Really? The question or statement (concerning the attack on the Capitol) that I have heard most often, on both sides, goes something like this: “That’s not who we are” or “Is this who we really are?” And the answer is yes! What did you think was going to happen? Where was the same outrage by our political leaders when business, homes and federal buildings were being destroyed this past summer?  After all that has happened in the last 30 years where did you think this would end?  As Americans we have lost the ability to think for ourselves. We have become so lazy that we believe whatever we hear or whatever we see; if it remotely lines up to our personal take on things.  We listen to the media without a filter, we go on Social Media without a filter and we gas ourselves up based on what we experience at each stop.  We’ve been lied to by our leaders on both sides and the media plays to whichever story will win them the best ratings.  What’s happening is the people in our country are coming in contact with what has become of the years of hypocrisy and they don’t know how to handle it. There is no continuity in leadership.  There used to be a checks and balance system in place in our form of democracy.  Leadership in the American Experiment was servant leadership.  Abe Lincoln said, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” But our government has not been for the people for some time.  As the Bible tells us, when there is no leader, the people will do what is right in their own eyes.  The in a democracy, power is given to the government to be used for the benefit of the people.  The challenge is finding a way to use that power to compromise were there are differences.  That no longer exists and the double standard has shaped the thinking and actions of most Americans. Common sense and logic no longer inform our decisions, emotion and personal agendas do.  Here are just a few examples from the media.  

Randall Lane, the chief content officer and editor of Forbes, says there’s a “Truth Reckoning” coming for any company that hires someone who worked for Trump. They are going after any business that hires someone who worked in the previous administration. 

An abortion doctor recently called a pro-life activist a domestic terrorist because she posted the phrase “abortion is violence.”  In response the doctor posted: “This is violent rhetoric. It is objectively false and meant to incite others to commit crimes against clinics, patients, and health care providers. This is what domestic terrorism looks like.”  I want to ask if she has she ever thought about terrorism from the prospective of the unborn child. Just asking?  

Here’s another, Uganda bans Twitter for election meddling. The country of Uganda saw what was happening in the US and bans social media.  Twitter replies: “Ahead of the Ugandan election, we're hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.  We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.”   This statement from the company that banned stories, accounts and opinions of political leaders in our country during the past election.   

 It’s a double standard that has been allowed by whichever side, at the time, is in power and the anger has been building for some time. Why because more Americans choose to disengage their brain and trust whatever.  We can’t figure out why this generation is acting so irresponsibly. Here’s why, it’s because we kicked the can of responsibility down the road and now it’s time to “pay the piper.”  Ever wonder where that statement comes from?  Remember the Pied Piper of Hamelin who was hired to rid the town of mice. He did so with his magical flute and when the town’s people decided not to pay him, he lured their children away.  That story goes back to the Middle Ages, but the Bible has warned us about this principle from the beginning.  

We cannot skirt personal accountability.  “Is this who we are?”  Yes, by our own doing, this is exactly who we have become and like it or not we are all in this together.  Just as we have had our own part in getting us to where we are, we have an equal part in getting us out of our current mess. It begins with adopting a Christian Worldview.  It’s about thinking and acting as the Bible instructs.  That includes all areas of our life.  We cannot be Christians at home and worldly at work.  We cannot allow our children to go without discipline and act as if we had nothing to do with it when they fail morally. We cannot pretend the Church is important if we do not support it with our attendance and give it a place of importance in our schedule.   The same is true with our leaders.  We cannot allow them to go on behaving in their own interest at our demise and allow them to continue to lead.      

In the church, a Biblical World View was never a question.  God gives us the Bible as a filter for all subjects in life.  Paul tells us to take every thought captive, present our bodies as living sacrifices.  If we will not do this then we have given this responsibility over to another.  We have only ourselves to blame when those around us responds to the music of the magical flute that’s playing in their ears.  

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  2 Timothy 4:3

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan


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