The late Dr. Francis Schaeffer coined a term, “a memory of Christianity.” By that term he described a people who neglected or abandoned the Christian faith, yet they will basically agree to the morality and ethics which are the fruit of Christianity. The recent placard may well describe them: “Atheists can be good people too.” But Schaeffer warned, “When the memory is lost, moral chaos and anarchy will follow.”
Concerning the riots in London and the surrounding cities in England where youth in their early teens have torched shops, vandalized property, taken electronics and jewelry, with the rationale, “We have little. They have much. It is our right”–is this happening because they have lost the memory of Christianity? For more than a generation only a small percentage of England, or Western Europe, practice any sort of Christianity.
Abandon the Creator, supplant Him with evolution, declare every miracle in the Bible a myth, and the memory of a moral base may persist for a while, but eventually it must give way to “everyone doing what is right in his own eyes”(Judges 21:25). Surely, the events in London are a call to all of Western Civilization, “Return to the Lord” (Isaiah55:6). Peace Lutheran Church Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
A famine rages in Somalia, East Africa. People trek for days to nearby Kenya for refuge. Thousands die on the way. Mothers bury a child, or children, who die of starvation before they arrive. Food sent for the starving is stolen by militant groups. This is a scene of utmost disaster, hardly imaginable by the citizens of a nation where obesity is a problem.
In Romans we read, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:19-22). Not only that drought and heat come in this fallen world, but people can be evil enough to take food from the starving–surely evidence of Scriptural truth: “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked ; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Christian compassion should lead us to support relief agencies which seek to feed these starving. Such compassion should lead us to pray that the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ may give a “new heart and right spirit” to sinful man, beginning with me. Come to Peace Lutheran Church.
Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
When Ahab and his wife Jezebel turned the hearts of the people from worshiping God, as revealed to us in Scripture, to the worship of Baal, God sent Elijah the prophet to announce to Ahab that God would withhold rain and dew for a period of time (1 Kings 17). The drought lasted three years and six months (James 5:17). One can hardly imagine how the animals were starving and the people dying for lack of food.
Baal had an attraction because this false god catered to the sinful flesh. Its worship centers provided the pornography of the day along with sacred prostitutes. It was not difficult for Ahab and Jezebel to persuade people to worship Baal. However, God was displeased. The terrible drought was a wake up call that they might return in humility to the true God.
The drought and the heat wave which a large portion of this nation is suffering is also a wake up call. “Return unto the Lord, for He will have mercy, and to our God for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
Every national tragedy is a wake up call: Tornado, Hurricane, floods, earthquake, economic recession, and now heat and drought. Jesus said of the tragedies of His day, “Unless you repent you will likewise perish”
(Luke 13:3). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to pray that we will hear His wake up call. Sunday service time is 11:00 a.m.