Priorities

 

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It is our aim to preach Christ and Christ alone, but when all is said and done, it is not the fault of our critics that they find our preaching so hard to understand, so overburdened with ideas and expressions they’re hopelessly out-of-touch touch with the mental climate in which they live….
Maybe we should ask ourselves if we are the obstacles to Jesus and His Word.
Are we guilty of placing too much importance on ideas and expressions at the expense of others that are just as if not more important?
Are we guilty of preaching too much of our own opinions and conviction and too little of Jesus Christ?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer- arrested for his faith in 1943- hanged in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945.

January 22nd- Timed to occur on the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade the state of New York legalized abortion up to 9 months, or full term. This legislation guarantees abortion rights at least in the state of New York even if Roe vs. Wade is eventually overturned.


January 23- The lead story in the main media outlets today was the ongoing government shutdown. This impasse was reached by the two political parties inability to come to terms over financing for a border wall to prevent illegal immigration.

We have been guilty of politicizing the mission of the church.
We have acted as if the conservative branch of politics is an extension of the church. And we have paid a price for it.
We have sacrificed the influence of the Good News for the comfort and security we think our political party of choice will somehow bring.
And while we have been concerned  with making America great again babies are being sacrificed on the altars of self indulgence, power and money. If we continue to look the other way we are just as guilty as the politicians who cheered the murder of babies without restriction and lit up the World Trade Center tower in pink.

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Maybe in the future a good question to ask  potential political candidates would be “how do you feel about killing babies?”


I believe pastor Bonhoeffer was correct in asking ” are we the obstacles to Jesus and His Word? Are we guilty of placing too much importance on ideas and expressions at the expense of others that are much more important?” Where are our priorities? 
I believe Jesus would be much more forgiving of those who come here illegally sincerely seeking a better life than He is with a nation that endorses and allows the slaughter of babies. After all one account of infanticide we see in the Bible was designed to kill Him.
I have no doubt that God’s heart breaks over the murder of each of these little ones. And their blood is on the hands of all  who consent to support and cheer on this modern day Holocaust.
And if we refuse to speak out we are no better and we to are complicit in this disregard for human life.
God will not hold us blameless.




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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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