October 26, 2015

It's a chilly Monday morning and I think Fall has definitely arrived. I like seasons. We lived in Florida for a few years and I love the heat and beaches but you might be surprised at how quickly you can miss the changes of the seasons. I hope your Monday is glorious and filled with wonderful opportunities!
Today I want to quickly address a subject that I see, I hear, I feel all around me on a daily basis. There is no way I can adequately address the topic so let me first point you to an article that I recently read called, "The Greatest False Idol of Modern Evangelical Christianity." That's a pretty long title but the author makes some good points. All around us in today's society we are inundated with something profound and pervasive. This idol has the ability to cripple us and keep us from being all that God wants for us to be. It is running rampant through our society today maybe like no other time in history. Many of us are guilty of making this an idol in our lives. Let me quote from the article:
"It's as if everything has now become an imminent threat: Muslims, Atheists, Gays, The President, inner city criminals, Hollywood, illegal immigrants, The Government, school hallways. The world outside the church building is broadly painted as a vile, immoral war zone, with 'God's people' hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned."
Though many believers quote Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Their lives speak volumes that this is not a reality for them. The idol which is taking over our lives is the idol of "Fear." We are afraid of everything or so it seems. This is fueled by the media and by our friends and by our own inner insecurities. All around us we are told some new thing to be afraid of today. Social media is inundated by people sharing stories that make us more afraid. Television and radio make their money by keeping us terrified of what is coming so we will tune back into to make sure we are still OK. One example of this is the recent Hurricane Patricia which was a category 5 hurricane, the largest and most dangerous such storm ever to strike North America from the Pacific. It was going to be horrific. In reality it didn't do much more than drop a lot of rain. Two people did die, one from a heart attack and the other from unknown causes. Not quite the storm that was feared.
Day after day we are afraid. Too many guns! They are trying to take away our guns! Abortion! Gay Marriage! ISIS! Russia and Putin! Chemicals in our food! Cancer! Car crashes! Hillary will destroy America! Trump will destroy America! Bacon will kill you! Will the Cowboys ever win again? Am I going to lose my job? Global Warming! Pollution is killing the environment! Ebola will come back! We're all going to be forced to speak Spanish! You do realize I could keep going for page after page on this list right?

Is God sovereign or is He not? How big is your God? I pray today that whatever your fear is that it will not overtake you or cripple you. I pray that you will remember that God is bigger than any fear you might have today or in the future. Nothing catches Him by surprise. And nothing is beyond His power. I echo the prayers of the author previously quoted:
"I'm praying for so many of my Evangelical brothers and sisters in Christ, to stop worshiping the false idol of Fear.
I'm praying that they recapture a God who is worthy, not just of defending and quoting—but trusting.
I'm praying for the rest, joy, and humility that comes from putting faith in something greater than themselves and in the things they fear."
Join us this Saturday night (October 31st) for Trunk 'R Treat in our church parking lot. If you have a trunk (I'm sure you do) then get some candy and come hang out with us as we show the love of Jesus to our community! It all begins at 6:00pm and its over when you run out of candy!!