Evil people generate a period of “great tribulation.” This is true especially when the evil of a country’s leaders go unstrained. History confirms this with England’s Bloody Mary, France’s Charles IX ordering the St. Bartholomew’s massacre and Robespierre’s use of the Guillotine, and more recently Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, and now the Islamic State. We need not point the finger only at others. Much tribulation comes from our own deceitful hearts, lustful ways, our greed, addictions, and uncontrolled anger. The Bible describes all people, leaders too, in these words: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). That is the recipe for much “tribulation.”
What is the solution? What hope? The Psalmist prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51). Those who so pray are pictured in Revelation 7:14, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Our hope is not in new laws, better government, or new leaders. Christ is our only hope. The more people turn from Him, the more intense will be the tribulation. Jesus promises, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10). Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.
Advertisers use the phrase, “You deserve this!” The Bible reminds us that we deserve nothing good. “If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3). In the political arena the saying goes, “The nations deserve the leaders they get.” The implied desert is not good.
If the citizens lie, they will get leaders who lie. If they casually are unfaithful to their spouse they will get adulterous leaders. If they are careless in accumulating debt and survive by way of the bankruptcy courts on the backs of their creditors, they will get leaders who will excel in dishonest gain, and refer it as being shrewd in business. If the citizens are crude in conversation and slander and seek to verbally destroy those who disagree with them, their leaders will do the same.
“The nation will get the leaders it deserves” is a scary thought. The most politically correct thing we the citizens can do is fall on our knees and humbly beg God to have mercy. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14). Come to Peace Lutheran Church and pray with us. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
The word EVANGELICAL has roots in the Greek word meaning GOOD NEWS, or the Gospel. Luke 2:10 in referring to the birth of Jesus Christ literally says, “I GOOD NEWS you with great joy.” Mark begins his Gospel with these words: “Beginning of the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ, Son of God” (Mark1:1). The Lutheran reformers referred to themselves as Evangelicals because they brought the Church back to the Gospel, the chief doctrine of Christendom: “Justification (God declaring us not guilty) by grace (undeserved love of God) for Christ’s sake (His substitutionary life, death, and resurrection for sinners) through faith (receiving what He provides as a gift). With this Biblical understanding, the true Evangelical admits His sin and that he deserves the punishment from God. He also believes the GOOD NEWS that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, bore this punishment for him on the cross, so reconciling him to the just and holy God (Romans 3:21-26).
According to this Biblical definition those who teach “The Power of Positive Thinking” are not evangelicals. Nor are those who say, “God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money,” and neglect to teach that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). It is not in our name, but Peace Lutheran Church is Evangelical according to the Biblical definition. Sunday worship is at 10:00 a.m.