A Message from the Pastor
You may have heard the expression, “If you hang around long enough …it’ll change.” Now while you may be thinking that you’ve used that with regards to the weather, I’m actually using it in reference to the knowledge, science, and philosophy of mankind.
Indeed, history is chalk full of ideas that just never panned out, ideas that were considered bedrock sure things…ideas you could really count on, a scientific certainty or a philosophical idea that you could stake your very life on, only to have the wisdom of man proven to be wrong or just plain foolishness.
We tend to think we’re so smart and that we’ve got everything figured out, and yet, take a look at a high school science text book from just 25 years ago and on many of its pages, “scientific fact” from 1987 has given way to new thinking, new science. Honestly, I’m not sure what constitutes a planet anymore and many now dispute Einstein’s theory of Relativity.
And it’s not just scientific changes; there are cultural ones too. It used to be that sexual perversion and lose morals was considered a bad thing, now it’s a celebrated event, and you’re “enlightened” if you personally don’t find anything people do to be offensive or a sin.
And let’s not forget the changes that have taken place in religion as well. It wasn’t all that long ago that a Christian church was where one would hear about the cross of Christ as the only means of eternal salvation…not any more, many denominations have unfortunately embraced sin and refuse to accept the biblical fact that God will judge and condemn unrepentant sin.
I guess I don’t care if people want to call me “old fashioned” some things are just plain wrong, and the fact of the matter is; Christians are supposed to be like the needle on a compass…always pointing in the same direction no matter what the conditions of the world are. We are not to be like weather vanes, letting the winds of popular opinion or the philosophy of the decade turn us about from what God has revealed to us in His holy Word.
And God’s Word tells us that it is His good and loving pleasure to save us by grace through faith in the cross of Christ for it rules out all human merit, intelligence, and effort, which nullifies any chance of us boasting. For it was upon the cross that Jesus received our punishment for our sins.
In all the universe, with all of the science and knowledge we as a race have mustered to date, where should we go to obtain an awe-inspiring view of God? Nature? The night sky? Philosophy? No, look no further than the cross for as Paul says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-19
So, my friends, keep the faith and don’t let those things you read on the internet, or see on the History channel lead you to doubt your redemption through Christ our Lord.
Until next month….