Pastor's Corner

4 Sep
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Min-Week Challenge

A 14-years-old young man who was considered a “fussy eater,” told his doctor that he was feeling tired. So the doctor did some tests and it was revealed that he was anemic and had low vitamin B12 levels.  The doctor noticed no visible signs of malnutrition because he had a normal BMI and height. The young man was given vitamin B12 shots, told to eat a healthy diet, and was sent on his way.  A year later, the young man returned to the doctor’s office with hearing loss and vision problems.  The doctors continued to search for the problem but couldn’t pinpoint the exact cause. His vision problems got progressively worse. By 17 years old, he was suffering from blindness.  After a battery of tests researchers at The University of Bristol believe the teen was suffering from nutritional optic neuropathy — a condition caused by a lack of nutrients, which impairs the normal functioning of nerve fibers and leads to optic nerve dysfunction. What led them to believe their research results and issue their findings? The young man finally admitted to living on a diet of Pringles, French fries, processed pork and white bread his whole life.

Wow, mom was right all along!! It’s hard to believe, but this is a true story! Without the proper nutrients the body will break down.  In some cases the damage is reversible, but unfortunately by the time this young man admitted his problem and got a proper diagnosis, the damage to his vision was permanent.  His case reminds me of so many Christians I know.  They believe that they can survive without regular church attendance, Bible study and Christian fellowship.  Instead, they supplement their spiritual diet with occasional inspirational TV programs or movies.  They attend church only at low points in their life and holidays. They talk about God and spirituality but have little life evidence to support their own words.  The author of Hebrews addresses this attitude: You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food (Hebrews 5:12). “You are like babies,” he says, but the trouble is that these folks are not, they are grown adults with teenage attitudes.  When called out on their poor diet choices they recoil into the “you’re not the boss of me” position and push back hard against their pastor and church friends.  

One of the reasons why the Church and Christians as a whole cannot advance today is because of the poor diet we have been feeding ourselves.  Paul struggled with this in Corinth. In 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 he says, Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly—as infants in Christ. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready. It is hard for pastors, Sunday School teachers and regular church workers to help those who struggle when they only see them every few months.  When assistance is requested or a need made known, just like the young man in the story, many times it’s too late.  Nothing takes the place of a regular church attendance and proper fellowship 

Bro. Jonathan

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