Governed By Feelings

Are we now a nation governed by our FEELINGS?  A member of the clergy, contrary to the teaching of her church performed a same-sex marriage.  She had a ready answer: “I really FELT that God was calling me to be part of that.”    The TRUTH of God’s Word didn’t matter, nor the vow to God and his people.  She is able to function without a concept of truth.

This member of the clergy represents the thinking of our so-called POST MODERN WORLD where feelings substitute for truth.  Reason is replaced by emotion.  A pastor may be tolerated so long as he makes no exclusive claims on truth.  Even the words, “I believe” makes room for everyone else’s personal belief as equal.  To speak with certainty God’s truth, God’s standard of morality, is often construed as “hate speech.”

What shall the faithful preacher do when people are governed by their feelings?  God tells him to “preach the Word” (1Tim. 41-5).  “You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God’….You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious’” (Ezekiel2:5,7).  God’s Word is “Living and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12) even among a people who choose to be governed by their feelings.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church where that Word is proclaimed.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Marriage

Timothy Goeglein of FOCUS ON THE FAMILY writes, “Marriage exists in all human cultures for the interest of the woman, the mother, making sure that the man who fathers her children is attached to her in a way that protects and provides for her….Marriage—and particularly monogamy—socializes men, protects women from unattached males, regulates sexuality, and ensures that the people who create the babies are the one who provide for and raise the babies….Every breathing, wriggling human baby that makes a debut upon the earth is a flesh-packaged message from creation that man and woman as a functioning unit is a fantastic idea….The legalization of same-sex marriage and the resulting same sex family, however, brings all these basic human realities into question….This is a radical deconstruction of humanity…..A loving and compassionate society always come to the aid of motherless and fatherless children; it never intentionally creates them.”  Peace Lutheran Church affirms this view of marriage.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Jesus Receives Sinners

“This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:1).  This was meant to be a criticism of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The little cliché, “Birds of a feather flock together,” would be implied by his opponents.  However, this criticism was in reality a great compliment.  The hymn writer catches the significance:

Jesus sinners doth receive; Oh, may all this saying ponder Who in sin’s delusions live  And from God and heaven wander! Here is hope for all who grieve,  Jesus sinners doth receive.

We deserve but grief and shame,  Yet His words, rich grace revealing  Pardon peace and life proclaim;  Here our ills have perfect healing.  Firmly in these words believe:  Jesus sinners doth receive.

Sheep that from the fold did stray  No true shepherd e’er forsaketh;  Weary souls that lost their way Christ, the Shepherd, gently taketh  In His arms that they may live:  Jesus sinners doth receive

The Apostle Paul joyfully wrote: “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15).  Come to receive this Good News at Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Discussing The Issues

“Ad hominem” according to WEBSTER means “attacking one’s opponent rather than dealing with the subject under discussion.”  Good speech and debate coaches frown upon the “ad hominem” argument.  Referring to the opponent as a bigot, a racist, a liar, a crook, etc. contributes nothing to the debate.

As the election is drawing near it would be more useful to debate such issues as the support of marriage and encouraging all men to be responsible fathers  (this will reduce crime); the best way to restrain fraud and encourage honesty in all businesses, including health care;  debating openly whether we want more socialistic services from government, or do we want to encourage people to provide for themselves as much as possible; how best government can support and value human life from conception into old age;  being involved in a war which some of the opponents regard as a religious war; how the more government provides the more it must control, even the free exercise of religion and its moral applications. “Ad hominem” slurs profit nothing.  Discussing these and other issues will aid the voter to make a more intelligent decision at the poll.

Even if the candidates are afraid to discuss some of these issues, God calls Christians to be the salt of the earth, encouraging our neighbors and influencing our leaders that God may be honored and our nation be blessed.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.