Pastor's Corner

13 Dec
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Mid-Week Challenge

As all major media outlets have reported, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore last night in the Alabama Senate race.  The win marked a party change that had not been seen in Alabama in a generation.  Reading over the headlines I was not surprised to see those who lean politically left having their deserved victory lap after the win.  I’m not surprised to read the headlines such as “Game Over,” “Long Shot Win” and “The Marked Death of American Christianity.”  What I am surprised by is those who believe these headlines.  Not the fact that Jones won, but the people who really believe in all the fabrications spilled out over the past month.  Did Moore’s defeat signal God’s inability to act in the affairs of people?  Maybe it was God pronouncing judgment on Moore for the accused teenage stalking that he did back in his early 30s?  Maybe it was really Trump’s fault after all?  No, the correct answer is found in an article by Kimberly Chandler and Steve Peoples of the Associated Press, facts the major media outlets fail to report.  

From their report: “Ultimately, Tuesday’s contest came down to which side better motivated its supporters to vote. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said turnout likely would not exceed 25 percent of registered voters.”  The key to victory was Jones made a last ditch effort over the weekend to put together a coalition of African-Americans, liberal whites and moderate Republicans.   The victory came from the tireless reporting of unproven accusations against Moore by the media, fear tactics supported by celebrities and the underwhelming turnout of voters is what handed Jones the win. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/democrat-doug-jones-defeats-roy-moore-in-alabama-senate-race 

Charles Barkley said it best last night after the election, “the Democrats have taken our votes for granted for too long.” However, he encouraged people to give their vote to the democrat candidate on Monday.  He said in a speech, “At some point, we’ve got to stop looking like idiots to the nation.  I love Alabama, but we’ve got to draw a line in the sand. We’re not a bunch of idiots.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/12/12/weve-got-to-stop-looking-like-idiots-charles-barkley-tells-alabamians-not-to-vote-for-roy-moore/?utm_term=.31cca8bbf142

And there is the problem.  Most people make up their minds by listening only to celebrities and the talking heads on the news channels.  Instead of using the tools we are given to discover the whole story, we stop short and take the word of a retired NBA player who tells you the democrats don’t respect you, but go ahead and vote for them one more time.  This does not stop at politics.  Christians do this all the time when they don’t use their Bible to discover their personal theology and simply take the words of a preacher or religious leader when it comes to a subject.  Men and women have died in the process of making the printed Word of God available to us to read for ourselves.  The ability to have a personal copy of the Bible is not something to be taken for granted, but we all do it all the time.  When we take for granted our right to vote in elections by not showing up and then pretending to have an opinion on the outcome we are just as hypocritical when we form a religious opinion on someone when we don’t even read the Bible ourselves. 

Don’t be guilty of being a Christian in name only.  Identify with Christ because you truly identify with Him, not because it sounds good at the time.  When was the last time you really had a heart to heart with the Lord over His Word?  Maybe it is time you do!

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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