Over the past few weeks I have been in prayer for the Supreme Court and our country as they consider whether or not to fly in the face of about 6000 years of history in redefining marriage for America. Given the trajectory of culture, morality, ethics, and misplaced values and priorities in our nation in just my 58 years of life, I am not expecting a biblically conforming decision. Maybe you’re disturbed by what has been taking place by and towards police? I am.
So… what should we do about it? We can get angry and verbal about it, telling anyone and everyone what we think. We can take to social media (where we can mix it up with “my baby is the cutest”, or “what’s the most popular color for prom dresses”). We could do something constructive like call and write our government officials, and even vote. But as good as that last idea is, I will do one better… How about we step up as Christians and be the Church of Jesus Christ?
This might come as a shock to some, but God actually has quite a bit to say about how we are to engage as citizens, as a body and as individuals. What is also quite apparent to me, as well as others, is that as a follower of Christ, I am increasingly finding myself living and serving in hostile territory. Hmmm… So, I know it is a crazy thought, but when the New Testament was written, the world was largely hostile to Christians; not unlike where we are increasingly finding ourselves today, right in the ole USA.
For a long season, the Church resided in a nation where Christianity was a cultural and acceptable norm. That is no longer the case, and given what we are seeing, hearing, reading, and experiencing, it is likely that life for us as genuine Christ followers is going to get increasingly uncomfortable and difficult. But far from being Dr. Doom and Gloom, I am actually quite optimistic… even hopeful. As spiritual darkness increases around us, the Church, and our church has an opportunity to fulfill our biblical mandate to let our light shine, to love our “enemies”, to “go and make disciples”, and being “salt”, to name just a few. There will be fewer who identify themselves as “Christian”; but those of us who persist, will be taking its true meaning much more seriously.
So, again, what should we do? I’m thinking let’s step up and begin with Scripture; like this: First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quite life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4 HCS)
What’s Going On? Friday is movie night at the church. Saturday we serve one mean buffet of culinary delights at 7:30 (i.e. Breakfast), followed by a needed work-day. There is lots to be done, so Joe hopes you can make it. Sunday is our Ministry Fair. I think you will be amazed at all that we do here. There is so much you can do to serve Christ through our church!
Just in case I don’t get a “Musing” out next week, my message on Sunday, May 24th, is “By Your Power or His Spirit?”, where we will be looking John 21:1-14. Spiritual giants they were, but the Apostles were also quite human. They had their moments where they blew it also. In this account we find hope for us.