Monday, March 24, 2014

Pastor's Pondering, March 24, 2014


Our world is on the brink of war.  The ominous signs of gathering battle clouds are hovering above us and those of us who have seen this before are preparing for all too familiar events.  Whether it is a rebirth of a cold war between super powers or the use of destructive weapons, this is nothing new. Our history is full of small and great provocations leading to catastrophic destructions of mankind. 

As Christians, we have the responsibility of being a light in a dark world (Matthew 5:13, 14).  We have to bring clarity to a confusing cacophony of conflicting commentary. We must share the mind of Christ when dealing with our angry and frightened friends and neighbors.  Why us?  It is because we are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13, 14). 

What does that mean? We can be calm in the midst of provocations, angry denunciations, and fearful proclamations because we are not afraid of missiles, or other weapons of mass destruction.  A thousand can fall by our side and ten thousands at our right hand but it will not come near to us (Psalm 91:3-7)

As events unfold in the coming weeks, let us represent Christ and speak God’s words in these situations.

Please comment below and share how you allowed God to use you to share His calming word with others. Your comments may bless others to follow your example.

Matthew 5:13, 14
New International Version (NIV)
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Psalm 91:3-7
New International Version (NIV)
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

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