Bowie Apostolic Church
Our Blessed Hope
by From the Pastor's Desk on June 23rd, 2014

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. 

We live in a world that wants to be ruled by logic, but logic does not prevail against our most base nature. Therefore, logic becomes a tool for self justifying our desires. This has gone on for so long that we have most definitely lost our way. Now we have a bunch of logically arguments that may very well shut the mouths of our opponents, but they don't even satisfy ourselves for long. We then turn to another frame of logic to adapt to our insatiable nature that needs to change the rules as we go along. Then when we have lost our way, we have lost our sense of our starting point. We have lost our sense of normalcy. There are so many arguments that are thrown at us we don't know what truth is any more. When we lose our way for truth, we lose our way for justice. When we lose our way for justice, morality becomes relative. When morality becomes relative, a society no longer cares about one another. When society no longer cares about one another, it begins to unwind.

I'll prove it. In America, we believe in a society where we have the right to not be exploited. However, when we look around, there is exploitation surrounding us and we are so overwhelmed with how much we should care. Then finally the truth hits us when we are finally confronted. What we really meant all along is we don't want anyone exploiting us and what happens to others is their problem. We started at a logical point of the rights for everyone and then our logic is forced to just be for us.

Our lives are charted for us sometimes and we don't even realize it. Do you remember when there was such a thing as the unthinkable? When you couldn't think about the atrocities that are happening to children? that are happening to women? that are happening to the impoverished? that are happening to men? Now we are forced to watch the news and read the newspaper and see the unthinkable everyday. The unthinkable is no more. We hear atrocity after atrocity and it doesn't even surprise us anymore. We are forced to think about the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable.

This causes us to spiral into a sense of fear that puts our walls up around us, because we are afraid of the unthinkable visiting us in an even more real way than the 6 o'clock news. We start to distrust strangers. Then we start to distrust people that we know. We start to not care about meeting our neighbors. Who knows who we live next to?

But there is something else that starts to happen that we don't realize. We start to shut God out of the equation in our lives. Sometimes we start to wonder if he was ever in the equation.

There are some that are so noble to try to change the world. Thank God for people who can save some with humanitarian aid, non-profit organizations and other things. But after years of this we realize that the problem does not go away completely. Poverty does not go away. Disease does not go away. Exploitation does not go away.

We in the church know why. We realize that we cannot change the world with human effort. Humans cannot change the world because a human cannot change another human's nature. Only God can do that. Humans cannot deliver us from fear. Only God's love can do that.

Therefore, the shutting out of God from our lives is the same as shutting out all hope for our lives. We are not here to change the world completely. We are here to show people there is a hope that is available in their situation. We are here to let people know there is a God who can wipe away the loneliness of the past; the exploitation of the past, the abuse of the past and yes the hurt, loneliness and emptiness of the past.

We live in a world where there are so many people who feel that there is something missing. Yes. They are right. What is missing from your life is God. He is the one that can take away your fears. He is the one who can be with you through your sorrow. He will be the hope abiding with you through every tragedy that will come. And yes they will come, but they will not last.



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Yolanda N. - July 17th, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Amen!
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