Pastor's Corner

11 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

In the name of tolerance, some churches continue to pick and chooses which Scripture passages they will teach, practice or ignore.  This has become most obvious in the area of politics; specifically the presidential election.  The most recent example comes from an Episcopal church in California who now advertises the fact that they will no longer pray for the President of the United States by name.   They claim the reasoning to be “an active danger to health and safety.”  

Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, blogged this week:“If you come to All Saints this Sunday, you’ll notice that we have removed the proper names from our prayers for those in authority. Whereas before we prayed for “Barack, our president,” we are now praying for “our president, our president-elect, and all others in authority.” This practice will continue for at least the near future.  We are in a unique situation in my lifetime where we have a president elect whose name is literally a trauma trigger to some people – particularly women and people who, because of his words and actions, he represents an active danger to health and safety.”   https://juicyecumenism.com/2017/01/09/donald-trump-prayer/

What would the response be if a church did this to another President? What if they cited specific policies that violated Scriptures in their reasoning?  Are Christian leaders really directing their congregations to become this worldly?  Due to our fallen culture are we leading them to ignore the Scriptural mandates to pray for our leaders and love our enemy? (1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Matthew 5:44-45).  Have Christian leaders become so blind that they miss the teachable moment God has given us? Really??  Moves like these help explain why some churches have become irrelevant to the culture in their area.  When God gives a specific formula on how to respond in times of crisis, disagreement or even anger and we choose to lead people to ignore His plan the downfall to come is by their own hands.  How disappointing to see Christians respond this way at a time like this and on a subject such as this?  Elections come and go but the Word of God does not.  When we trade the truth of God for popular culture we have sold ourselves into the service of another god.  But I guess in their minds it is okay to ignore that Commandment too.

Don’t sacrifice your witness in an attempt to appease some misguided souls.  At times like these we all need truth, not feel-good false religion, no matter how hard it is to accept.  Don’t be the one who caves or misses out on this golden opportunity to live out your faith by following God’s direction concerning the events of our day.         

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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