Pastor's Corner - May 26th
We live in a world that prides its self in ingenuity and progress. There is an obsession with being cutting edge and moving forward. But a heavy focus on the future can come at the expense of learning from the past. Our culture does little to appreciate the advice of those who have gone before us. Thankfully God’s Word bucks this trend: “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:32). In the church each person has a part to play and God placed elders in our midst to mentor, encourage and advise us. Those living in their “Twilight years” still have so much to offer to the family of Christ.
One of my favorite youth workers (who was in his 70s at the time) would often joke, “I’m getting to old for this _______.” But he also knew that we never retire from the work of God’s kingdom. In fact the Holy Spirit enables “old men [and women] to dream new dreams” (Acts 2:17). As Frank Sinatra put it, “Fairy tales can come true. It can happen to you if you're young at heart.” The Spirit empowers every disciple (regardless of age) to believe that God makes all things new, which means we are never too old to participate in the ministry of the Lord. Jesus can teach “old dogs new tricks!” The “autumn years” can actually be a season of newness. A time to be born again. So may you embrace the “golden years” like a child of God.
This week let’s honor, listen and learn from those who have gone before us. Let’s remember how the Lord used our elders in his great plan to spread his love and truth throughout the earth. Let’s never grow too old to believe that God makes all things new. Which includes me and you!
Five Lessons I Have Learned About Being a Rebel Pt. 2
Last week I started my first “series” with Pastor’s Corner, where I’m addressing: Five Lessons I Have Learned About Being a Rebel. Last week I addressed my first observation:
Lesson ONE – rebels remembered for goodness sake are not just against things as they are, they are diligently giving themselves to things as they should be.
My second lesson has to do with a rebel’s disposition toward people. Rebels care deeply about causes and often when a cause is being engaged, lots of people end up paying a hefty price – especially those who stand in opposition to the cause.
Changing things and shaking things up is core to a rebel’s strategy. As a result, rebels are not usually very concerned about collateral damage (even if that includes people). It’s just part of the price (in their minds). Some things are too important to let people’s feelings, preferences, and/or opinions get in the way. If the fight requires that a few people get denigrated and demonized, so be it.
This may be standard fare in the world, but for the Christian, this is simply not an option. Addressing any and every cause must include a strategy that continues to value people – even people on the “other side.” People are not the enemy. People may hold ideas that rebels find reprehensible and downright evil, and yet these very people are still loved by God. In fact, they are God’s treasure.
Therefore, every redeemed rebel makes a clear distinction between the cause and the people involved (on both sides). They understand that sincere people can have different ideas about any number of issues and just because someone sees something differently does not make them evil, incompetent, or prejudice – modern political conversations not-withstanding.
Lesson TWO – the best rebels understand that respecting/valuing all people is fundamental in the pursuit of any goal, and under the Christian banner, love might demand that we honor the “opposing” person over and above the cause.
“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us…” (Romans 5:8)