Minister’s forum: Face current events and become part of the solution
September 7, 2005
We are all painfully aware of the many natural disasters that have been hitting our country lately, Katrina being the worst.
We need to be asking ourselves how we can all help, be a comfort and a provider to other people in critical need. Just like the Good Samaritan who Jesus spoke of in the Bible who saw the need of a fallen fellow human being, his heart was moved with compassion and he put him on his own donkey, took him home to the inn, cared for his wounds and helped him to recover.
The Christian faith is about a radical way of life that touches upon the very soul of man and moves upon his conscience to do heroic deeds of kindness that most people would never think about.
We actually begin to find that initially what seems so costly to us to come to the rescue often to our surprise we find our own selves fulfilled.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “thou shall love thy neighbor as thy self” is an awesome experience and a way of life. It is encouraging to see and hear in the news how so many churches across the South are pulling their resources together and applying Christian truth.
In our own community we have felt a deep groaning of our soul over a number of young people who have died tragically. We have witnessed at various memorial services the outpouring of love. Hardship has a way of bringing the best out of us all four it gets our thoughts off of ourselves and our focus on others. I think that there are millions of people who are re-evaluating their lives and priorities as to what really is important in life and are redirecting their ambitions toward an honorable cause. I would like to think that we could rediscover how much our family and friends mean to us and to appreciate the gifts in life that God has given to us and not take them for granted.
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I would like to think that in our own community we might learn to have a mutual respect for one another and pull along beside each other and find encouragement. I would like to think that the Christian community across this land and around the world would rediscover what the church is really about. Loving people, loving God. This is what contributes to the fabric of society, establishing a Godly foundation and a core of values where people can live together and get long together. Try to imagine a world without the love of God, the sacrifice of Christ and the Moral Law of God and what do you see? Is it OK for modern man to say I don’t have to respect authority, my parents don’t matter? Is it OK to lie and bear false witness, to deceive as long as I don’t get caught? Is it OK for a man to cheat on his wife?
Is it OKfor people not to keep their commitments and to try to excuse it with their children? Is it OK to steal and to extort or to defraud because somebody has more than you do and the world owes something to us? Is it OK to take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, to defile that which is sacred to show contempt toward our Creator and then think that civilization will remain civil?
In recent years there has been far too much hatred. We all need to turn our hearts toward God and to fix the problems that we are facing and ask how can I be a part of the solution rather than continuing to be a part of the problem.
– Alan Morse is the pastor at the First Baptist Church of South Lake Tahoe