Pastor's Corner

6 Jun

Mid-Week Challenge

Have you heard about Henny Penny or maybe you grew up calling him Chicken Little, either way the story is the same.  In each telling of the story is similar; by accident a young chicken is hit on the head and comes to believe that the world is going to end. Throughout the story he runs through town repeating the phrase "The sky is falling!" calling people to enter into the same panic he has found himself. Versions of the story go back more than 25 centuries and have become an idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent.  Today, if you turn on the TV, search the media headlines, or listen to the radio I can see how easy it can be for an entire nation to fall prey to a similar Chicken Little mania.  We see volcanos erupting around the world, pastors are being attacked by alligators, celebrities are taking their lives, Christian leaders seem to be falling daily while their denominations use the fall for political gain, sports organizations are more concerned about appearing politically correct than X’s and O’s and our government; well it’s still our government.

It can be easy to fall prey to the siren song of negativity trumpeted by our national media.  If all you feed yourself is the talking points and slant reporting they spew 24 hours a day you too will become a disciple of the Chicken Little movement.  Even the traditional outlets cannot be blindly trusted.  Yesterday, Fox news showed photos of Eagle football players praying while reporting on the NFL kneeling protest ban. The two have nothing in common with each other.

I read recently where the leader of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore, has called for the end of support for the Republican Party. In a two party system, which side remains for Christians to support?  In another area J.D. Greear, a well-known Calvinist, is a front runner for the SBC presidency next week in Dallas. Calvinists have never been embraced by the SBC, but now we are considering one as our president?? Who and what is the average Christian to believe?

I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 2 where Paul talks about the “natural man.” This individual is one who has trouble discerning the work of God when subjects get cloudy with worldly influence.  Christians can miss the opportunity to engage the culture because they get so tied up in personal piety as it mixes with political correctness pushed by the culture.  In verse 15 Paul says “The spiritual man judges all things, but he himself is not subject to anyone’s judgment.” In other words, God is the final judge.  He will judge whether or not we used sound judgment in making personal decisions or if we simply followed the panicking crowd running all around us.

Today, take a breath and count to 10 before you jump to conclusions about what’s coming next.  God is still on the throne but He keeps us in this world to act on His behalf.  Ask Him for the spiritual discernment to not over or under react to the Chicken Littles you face each day.  

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Serving the Savior

 Bro. Jonathan

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