Pastor's Corner

3 May
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Mid-Week Challenge

Does it seem like the Political Correctness in this country goes too far?  Have you ever been given the impression that what works for one side does not always translate to the other?  If enforcement of the law was consistent then we might be able to accept the emotional rulings handed down.  Maybe we should take a page out of Russia’s book! 

 The Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg Russia, a city about 1,000 miles east of Moscow is a Russian Orthodox Church that is believed to be built on the site where the last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was murdered along with his family.  Because of this it is a historical place and is recognized as a place of worship.  Last summer, Ruslan Sokolovsky, a well-known blogger and atheist entered the church but wasn't there to worship or pay tribute to Russian history. Instead, he wandered through the church playing “Pokémon Go.”  A few months ago Sokolovsky published a video of his time there with the caption: “But, you know, I didn't catch the rarest Pokémon that you could find there — Jesus. They said it doesn't even exist, so I'm not really surprised.”

 What Sokolovsky did not realize was a Russian official saw the footage and now, under a discrimination and hatred law, have charged him with a hate crime.  On Friday, the last day of his trial, prosecutors requested a sentence of 3½ years in prison.  To no one’s surprise he is protesting claiming the punishment outweighed the crime. Even Amnesty International has gotten involved saying Sokolovsky’s actions were dumb but he is being prosecuted for his thoughts.  Lesson: Actions do have consequences.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/04/30/a-man-played-pokemon-go-in-a-russian-church-he-may-spend-3-12-years-in-prison-for-it/?utm_term=.24c94b5a2c30

 Wow, freedom of religion is really cool.  The US is really the only place in the world that backs these rights.  It would, however, be nice to see it go both ways in our country.  Where private business were not forced to follow a public agenda and fund things that violate their conscience , religious groups could organize how they seem fit and ALL faiths were treated with respect and their practices not forced upon those of different faith.  Wasn’t that the intention of the Founders?  Amazing how those screaming “tolerance” the loudest are the ones who are the most intolerant of those with differing beliefs.  We see this being played out in Berkley California right now.  It is ironic how the birthplace of free speech is today forcefully silencing those with a different opinion. Most of the protestors don’t even know why they are out there.  They are just mad, but at what?

 This is why it is so important to know what you believe and why you believe it.  Get in God’s and study to show yourself approved.  Be ready to defend your faith.  We are quick to defend tradition, but do we really know our doctrine?   Is God offended by Pokémon Go?  I don’t know but I do know that He most concern with those who are called by His name and the condition of their hearts.

  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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