THE PASTOR'S KEYBOARD
Ellen and I watch a British murder mystery show on TV called Midsomer Murders. Murder mystery novels have been one of her favorite pastimes for a LONG time and now we enjoy watching them together. Mid Sommer Murders has had a long run… 20 seasons to date. Each show is somewhat formulaic but we enjoy them none the less. In almost every episode there is a small town or village that’s the focal point of that episode. And every week that particular town is having some sort of carnival, festival, special event… But I confess that there is one thing about the show that bothers me. Occasionally one of the characters will be a “Vicar,” i.e., British pastor or clergy person. Inevitably that person will be unscrupulous and shameless. They are either the murderer, or just vile and someone who is egocentric or narcissistic. I have no recollection of ANY episode where that is not the case. Like I said… it bothers me. The way “The Church” and clergy are represented these days is deserved on some levels but certainly not always.
I just saw that Netflix is premiering a new series entitled “Perpetual Grace.” Apparently, it’s a story about a pastor who uses his position and influence over people to commit crimes. Um… REALLY?!
I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this is just one more small example of the attack against Christianity in the Western World. It’s emblematic of the fact that Christians are somehow evil and the structure that we live in needs to be destroyed. We are no longer just being ignored… we are more and more becoming the subjects of outright attacks. I suspect this assault on our values and beliefs will only intensify in the months and years to come. What will become of our children who for the most part have already abandoned the church and Christian faith? And what about our grandchildren who don’t even know what any of that means?
I suspect too many of us have adopted the attitude that we can’t change anything and we’re not going to live that much longer anyway so… C’est la vie (That’s life), or as recently deceased Doris Day would say: Que Sera, Sera (whatever will be will be). Really?!?! We’re just going to leave those we love the most to the wicked of this world just because we don’t want to engage with the world?
Jesus warned us: Matthew 10:16 “Listen! I am sending you out just like sheep to a pack of wolves. You must be as cautious as snakes and as gentle as doves.
Notice he didn’t say: “Okay you can go hide in your safe home or your safe church.” He first sends his Apostles out into a wicked world with full understanding that they will be opposed. Then this admonition: “You must be as cautious as snakes and as gentle as doves.”
I don’t know what that means specifically to each of you reading this. I do believe however that it has something to do with us being involved in the eternal salvation of our loved ones. Que Sera, Sera and C’est la vie are not options for Believers.
See you in Church
SUMMER WORSHIP TIMES
Beginning Sunday, May 26, there will be a 9 a.m. and a 10:30 a.m. worship service. The 9 a.m. service will be a more contemporary service outdoors (weather permitting) with a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your coffee, chair and comfortable shoes. This service is held on the lawn near the sundial to the left of the sanctuary entrance. It will last for 45 minutes to accommodate the changeover in parking. The 10:30 a.m. service will be in the sanctuary and will last until 11:30 a.m.
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