Pastor's Corner

7 Nov
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Mid-Week Challenge

As you are well aware, yesterday was election day in our country and there were some pretty upset people on twitter last night.  According to reports, the outrage was balanced between democrats and republicans as both groups expressed their displeasure in not being allowed to go to the polls.  “Voter fraud,” you ask?  No, come to find out it was all a big misunderstanding as kids all over the country thought they were being left behind as their parents were headed out to “boat.”  Parents on Election Day shared the devastated reactions their kids had at their polling places upon hearing that they weren’t about to ship off, and instead, were just going to “vote.” https://nypost.com/2018/11/06/kids-keep-thinking-parents-going-to-boat-on-election-day/ 

Have you ever overreacted to information only to find out later that you misunderstood what was said or happened?  I think a lot of Americans have had this reaction in the last few months only to find out that the reason they grew to dislike a candidate was based on misleading information.  There are lots of “fact checking” websites and organizations out there and after visiting a few earlier in the campaign it got to where I did not believe anything I saw in TV ads or read in the fliers that filled my mailbox.  It’s sad that we have come to the point in our political environment that some feel they must use deception to sway another’s opinion.  Whatever happen to the days of selling yourself on the issues and one’s own track record?  In truth, those have never been the days.  Using deception to influence the actions of another is as old as time, literally.   

In Genesis 3 we are given the story of Adam and Eve and the encounter with Satan in the Garden.  Upon reading the words of the serpent and examining what and how he states his case we come away realizing he did not lie, he just didn’t tell the whole truth.  He deceived Adam and Eve into thinking the forbidden fruit offered something so great that it was worth breaking fellowship with God.  Ultimately Adam and Eve agreed and plunged all of us into sin. From that day forward deception became a word in our vocabulary and tool used by the evil one to divide and confuse our cultures.  Paul calls it a pattern of conformity in our world (Romans 12:2), so Christians must arm ourselves with truth so that we too might not be deceived.    

There were lots of kids who were upset yesterday after they learned there were no boats involved, equally there were a lot of adults upset when they woke up this morning and learned of the outcomes of the election.  The choice we get to make now is do we act like emotional children in the days to come or do we act as mature believers and make the most of what is ahead of us?  This choice is yours. Renew your mind in Christ each day so that you are not duped by the original Deceiver.  

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. Proverbs 12:22

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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