Pastor's Corner

29 May
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Mid-Week Challenge

I have never been much of a rock and roll music fan but you can’t help being exposed to some of the more well-known artists.  Most of my knowledge comes from their televisions appearances.  My wife and I used to laugh at Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne’s reality show and discovered the “real” Gene Simmons on the first episode of The Celebrity Apprentice. I always wondered if these rock stars were the same in real life as they appeared on stage.  Is Marilyn Manson really that sick? Are the hair band rockers of the 80s and 90s really as party hard as they seem to be? Gun N’ Roses says no, they were just nice guys that were misunderstood https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/guns-n-roses-duff-mc-kagan-defends-misunderstood-80-s-lyrics-none-of-our-friends-said-grab-her-by-the-180822900.html  and Bret Michaels is just a normal dad https://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/bret-michaels-life-as-i-know-it/videos/307529/ (Really?) 

Some of these displays lead you to believe they are just trying to save what’s left of their fizzled career (you think?) but in other examples you have to take them seriously.  Take the Urban Legend that shock rocker Alice Cooper is really a born again Christian.  I remember seeing Cooper at a NASCAR race, full makeup and all, and thinking surely not this guy! How can he look like that and be in this industry and follow Christ? I was more embarrassed in myself than shocked to learn the story was true.  In a recent interview with Pastor Greg Laurie, Cooper details his history in the church.  Alice was raised in a Christian home. In fact, his dad is a pastor. He almost destroyed his life through alcohol and drugs but he made a recommitment to Christ later in life and has been working with at risk teens from many years.  Pastor Laurie interviewed Cooper at his Solid Rock teen center, which was founded in 1995 to help troubled teens. It is a non-profit, faith-based organization based in Phoenix.   Cooper explains that he stayed in Rock music to be an influence on others in the field and has maintained his walk with Christ since his rededication.  https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/rocker-alice-cooper-jesus-saved-me-from-cocaine-sin.html

This is a great example of “don’t judge a book by its cover.”  Yes, we must be mindful of how our actions play a significant role on how others view our character but this is also a reminder that God can capture anyone, anywhere and at any time.  Cooper’s story is a reminder to us to never give up on anyone and never discount how God might use an individual.  Just like Alice Cooper, you have influence in people’s life that the pastor could never have just because of your connection.  Use that influence to introduce people to the Christian way of life.  Just like the stereotypes we buy into, the world buys into those about Christians.  Make sure those in your scope of influence knows the joys of following Christ by what they hear you saying but much more by how they see you living.     

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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