These are increasingly irascible, irregular, and irreconcilable times exaggerated by a world out of control, nation deeply divided, and churches that do not have the faith breeding the courage and strength to tear down separating and segregating idolatries in obedience to the big ten reflected in His greatest commandment.
Everywhere - whether national politics or booster club rivalries or little league athletics or wherever - the speck-inspectors and my-way-or-the-highwayers are out and energized by the enemy to divide and destroy.
Selfishness not sacrificial service is a virus infecting the health of too many people and even churches that should know, uh, better.
Recently, my bishop shared an interesting story with me.
A pastor asked geezers like me, "Raise your hands if you would die for your grandchildren?"
Everyone raised their hands.
Then he asked, "Raise your hands if you would change the music in worship for your grandchildren?"
No one raised their hands.
Too many people can't seem to stop/help themselves from helping the enemy destroy what He created/called good.
Too many people act like Adamsons more than Christians.
It is one of the most exposing/disclosing/betraying evidences of being in or out of Him.
Fortunately, as focused and fueled by Biblically based and Christocentric worship at First, we are overcoming that plague/pollution.
More than less and more better than worse - with apologies to the grammar police - we are modeling Someone better in our life and ministry together for the glory of Jesus alone.
That's why we are being urged to increasingly invite, welcome, include, and love folks into the family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main:
Are you still looking for a different way to do church?
Are you tired of the SOSO religion?
Are you put off by posers in pews, politics, and pulpits?
Are you searching for something/Someone real, honest,
timely, and true to...?
Try our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main
in Belvidere, Illinois!
Sundays at 7:20 and 10:00 a.m.
And so much...
Yes, we are called to be salt - preserving what is good/Godly, promoting what is good/Godly, purifying/pruning/purging what is not good/Godly, and spicing up things!
And, yes, we are called to be light - a picture of something/Someone better and showing the way to Him alone for wholeness, health, happiness, joy, safety, and security!
Make it be so.
Blessings and Love!