Culture Has A Choice

A pastor once said, “When men can have babies, women can become pastors.”  His point was that God has given each sex a special role in life.  The same could be said to those who decry the discrepancy between the income of men and that of women.  When men start having babies, than women should have an equal income to that of men.  Blame the Biblical and Christian influence for the discrepancy.  “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her….(Eph. 5:25f).  At the minimum this would mean that he should provide for her physical needs, emotional needs, spiritual needs, and the expansion of her mental perceptions.  The Biblical role of the woman is to submit to the leadership role of her husband, to honor and respect him as the Church honors her Lord Jesus Christ, “to love their husbands and their children, to use good judgment and to be pure, to keep house, to be good, to submit to their husbands” (Titus 2:4,5).  Insofar as the culture follows this Biblical order there will be a difference between the income of men and women.  But the culture has a choice, either follow God’s ordering for a stable home for the fulfillment of both men and women and a stable environment for children to grow in wisdom, physically strong, spiritually and socially mature—or choose its own way of equal pay, equal authority, equal roles (against which nature itself rebels) and an increasingly dysfunctional society.  Sunday service time at Peace Lutheran Church is 10:00 a.m.

Blessed are all they who put their trust in Him

 Psalm 2:2,3  “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD, and against His ANOINTED, saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.’”  National leaders view the laws of God as shackles to be thrown off.  Christians need not be surprised when rulings from the executive office and the judiciary reject the Creator and throw off the Biblical order for marriage, sex, and life.  When a nation no longer seeks to be directed by the Word of God, not only the leaders but also every citizen will view God’s directives as shackles restricting freedom.  But remember, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD will have them in derision” (v. 4).

The Psalm goes on to admonish all, “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son (the Christ, the Anointed One) lest He be angry, and you perish from the way when His wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all they who put their trust in Him” (v. 11,12).  Sunday service time for Peace Lutheran Church is 10:00 a.m.

Radical Christianity

RADICAL comes from the Latin, radix meaning root.  The first dictionary meaning is “of or from the root or roots; going to the foundation or source of something; fundamental.”  The radical Christian is one who takes his authority from the Holy Scripture.  When our Lord taught, “Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; pray for those despitefully use you and persecute,” the radical Christian seeks to do this.  When our Lord teaches, “If someone smites you on the right cheek, turn to him the left also,” the radical Christian desires the strength to do so.  Or when Jesus by saying, “Before Abraham was, I am,” so claiming to be the eternal Creator with God the Father, the radical Christian believes His Word.

Consider Islam; the fear is that the youth will be “radicalized.” This radicalization has taken many from our nation to join ISIS, an organization notorious for its human atrocities.  Ergun Mehmet Caner, in his book, UNVEILING ISLAM, quotes hadith 9:57, “Mohamed said:  Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.”  “Fight those who believe not in Allah” (Surah 9:29. “The unbelievers are open enemies to you” (surah 4:101).  These and other such statements, according to Caner, are from the roots, the sacred writings of Islam.

May God give us more radical Christians.  May God spare us from other radical religions.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10 a.m.

The Church as Conscience

The power of the Church is not in the political process.  Instead the Church must be a conscience to the government and to the nation.  John the Baptist was within his right to say to Herod, “It is not right that you should take your brother Phillip’s wife.”  It was the duty of Nathan the prophet to say to King David, “You murdered an innocent man and stole his wife.  Because of this the sword will not depart from your house” (2 Samuel 11,2).

The Church also is duty bound to declare to government that killing the unborn is murder.  It must continue to make it clear that marriage is a lifelong relationship between a man and a woman.  Casual sex, divorce, and same sex marriage opposes God’s Word and sound reason. Slander, as is so common in our time during the campaigning for office, and lying is of the devil.  The government and the nation that persists in these sins must hear from the Church that God will work destruction and misery upon them.

The Church has the unique privilege to proclaim forgiveness to those who admit their sins and repent.  This forgiveness is offered freely through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and is received by faith (Romans 3:21-26).  Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.