Pastor's Corner

4 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

Toward the end of the year, news media outlets and headline writers review the major trends and topics of the past year and present the public with one word that captures the heart of what transpired over the previous months and weeks.  The Oxford Dictionary is given the distinction of releasing the word for 2016: “Post-truth!”  No it is not what two farmers discuss while standing down by the fence post.  They define it as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  In other words the heart of 2016 is summed up in no matter what the facts might tell you, how you feel about the subject makes you right.  I can’t think of a better way to sum up what we have witnessed on the evening news and beyond.  From the presidential election, to police shootings, to court cases, on to millennial sit-ins, in face of common sense, or a mountain of evidence we have a large segment of our population who would rather go with their gut than facts. 

Think back to your teenage days and how much trouble your emotions got you into.  You thought you were bullet proof and would storm the gates of hell for love.  Add to that a new generation of young adults who were told they were right their whole lives.  What we now have is 20 to 30 somethings with the emotional maturity of a sixteen year old and a Napoleon complex.  That helps to explain all the anger over the perceived injustices of life but little to no action to better one’s position.  That is if you don’t count burning your town down and looting all the businesses. 

The Bible points us to the value of keeping our emotions in check. (He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.  Proverbs 16:32) Emotions can be very powerful and do mighty works for the Lord but they can be equally destructive.  Add our ability to verbalize our emotions and we have a powder keg of potential. 

In Matthew 12:35-37, Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”   James was so concerned with our inability to hold our tongue and emotions that he mentions them in each of the five chapters of his letter. He begins by reminding us that Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20).

Emotions can be a wonderful thing but in the hands of those who refuse to grow up they have proven deadly. “Post-truth” is a troublesome term because it is embraced and encouraged by those who seek to dismantle the order of community in our great nation.  But more importantly it justifies personal sin and rebellion by removing all accountability. My prayer for 2017 is that “repentance” be the word we reflect most upon.  If not I will hope for the return of a little common sense!

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check. Proverbs 29:11

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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