Pastor's Corner

29 Nov
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Mid-Week Challenge

Reading through the headlines today there is a lot in the news to report.  North Korea launches its first long-range missile, NBC fires Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct claims, Prince Harry engaged to an American, and another federal judge blocks Trump’s transgender military ban.  Does it seem like the world is falling apart?  At times it seems like some in the world almost celebrate the reporting of evil.  Some of these stories read as if the reporters are almost excited to report the accomplishments of evil in our world.  What has happened to us when we don’t feel bad for our actions or the actions of others?  A new study out of the University of Toronto might shed some light on this. Dr. Tina Malti spent six years studying children and the effects of guilt and shame.  What she discovered was that when parents do not introduce a healthy amount of guilt in discipline the child develops little to no shame for their actions.        https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/well/family/a-healthy-dose-of-guilt.html

What has developed is a culture of people who has no moral guilt for their actions.  It does not take a “scientific study” to prove this, but it helps when Christians point to what we have always known; when you mess up you should feel bad about it!  When we speak of the Holy Spirit guiding us it is the guilt we feel that helps turn us back to the Lord.  Knowing that you have disappointed someone is one thing, knowing that you have disappointed your Creator is even worse.  When we don’t feel guilty for hurting others we see them as nothing more than objects, something to be used and then thrown away. The Bible tells us that all people have value and are created in God’s image.  Hurting them is in a sense hurting God. 

Lack of sympathy and shame and the desire to invent ways to sin is something God has always had a real problem with.  In passing judgment on Israel and Judah He mentions this fact specifically.  In Jeremiah 6 & 8 the prophet asks: Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.  That sounds all too familiar to where our culture is right now.  The message today is examine your own self.  Don’t get so tied up and immune to the Spirit in our culture that the headlines of the day no longer make you flitch in disbelief.  I pray that we never get so accustomed to hearing about the failures of the worldly that we slipup and become just like them. 

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

 

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