Pastor's Corner

7 Dec
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Mid-Week Challenge

Every day the Lord finds a way to remind me of how blessed I am to be an American citizen.  Today I read a story about a board game being sold in England and being funded by a Kickstarter campaign.  The game is called “Santa vs. Jesus.” While playing the game, participants are split up into two teams-team Santa or team Jesus. They then try to get the most “believers.”  Danny Webster, a spokesman for the Evangelical Alliance, said that the game is problematic because it presents both Jesus and Santa as “fictional characters. With over four out of 10 people in the U.K. mistakenly thinking that Jesus was not a real historical person, this game won't help correct that," Webster stated. http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/jesus-vs-santa-board-game-draws-criticism.html

 I realized this originated in England but what other world religion can be mocked and ridiculed so easily without any real pushback from its followers?  Try something like this with other religious that are touted as “religions of peace” and bombs would be detonated.  Why such leeway with Christianity?  Some will say that it has not always been that way.  Maybe, but it has always been that way in our lifetime.  I think the reason Christians can be so tolerant of others who disagree with us and mock our faith is we have nothing to be afraid of.  They will never disprove the claims of Christianity; they will never find the body of Jesus.  The more they dig the more they discover the message of the Bible to be true. 

 Another reason for the freedom of attack on Christianity is this great nation we live in.  Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  If you have never been to the memorial in Hawaii find some way to go in your life time.  It will correct any doubt you might have as to what has been paid so that those who spout hate against another can do so freely in this country.  Lives have been lost so that free speech can be preserved.  Men and women sent to war so that some lost soul could protest the National Anthem or citizen refuse to pledge our flag.  The world sees our citizens disrespecting the symbols and foundational principles that have made us who we are as a nation.  Their take away?  If they can do it, why can’t we?  When we do not preserve, defend and protect the freedoms we were given by the previous generation we will slowly lose them.  If we do not show respect for the things that have brought us to where we are in this age, then why should others? 

Today, thank a solider.  Thank the family member of a solider.  Thank someone older than you for providing a path.  Thank the Good Lord that He has given you the ability to do something with what you have been given.  Don’t waste it away in apathy.  Do something with what you have.  And have a little more respect for the things that those who came before us respected. 

 Have the same attitude as Paul when he wrote: I thank my God every time I remember you.  Philippians 1:3

 Serving the Savior

 Bro. Jonathan

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