Thursday, July 23, 2020

JULY-AUGUST Pastor's Articles


This time of the year, I often remember to thank the Lord that He gave His people the ability to invent air-conditioning.  Some people enjoy the hot weather, but I am not one of them.  Now, let’s get on to more important issues in our lives then the weather!

With the whole pandemic situation, there is concern with our educational system and whether to open our schools as usual; how to deal with increased cases of the Covid-19 virus; to mask or not to mask,; what about the increased pressure on police due to more criminal acts in our communities; added to this is the social unrest prompted by prejudice on all sides; plus the outlook of elections that seem to have more dramatic effects on our values and existence than ever before.

As Christians, we know that the ultimate cause of all our concerns is the sin that exists in the world.  Satan is the source of confusion, sickness, hatred and turmoil.  Like Job, in the Old Testament, we may want to question why God allows all these negative things to happen. We must remember that in the midst of all the chaos, God is still in control and like Job exclaim “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end He will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.”  His promises far exceed the cares of this life as shown through Jesus’ resurrection.

Historically, Christianity grows in times of crises.  We pray that we reflect the hope that is assured us through our Baptism and offer others encouragement to seek God’s guidance in decisions on all fronts, seek His strength to overcome negative biases and prejudices. We want to support those who work for good with prayers, encouragement and resources whenever possible.  Allow the Holy Spirit to work through you.  Amen.

Rev. James W. Rhiver, Pastor