They tell us the world has changed forever. War has changed; peace has changed. Science and ethics have changed; society and family have changed. Whey the very foundations stagger and rock from side to side, how do any find the balance to stand?
Listen as E. Stanley Jones, Methodist doctor and missionary to India, writes during World War II in his 1942 devotional, "Abundant Living":
"The early Christians did not say in dismay: 'Look what the world has come to,' but in delight, 'Look what has come to the world.' They saw not merely the ruin, but the Resource for the reconstruction of that ruin. They saw not merely that sin did abound, but that grace did much more abound. On that assurance the pivot of history swung from blank despair, loss of moral nerve, and fatalism, to faith and confidence that at last sin had met its match."
Jesus Christ has come to world!
When others terrify, we will hold to faith. When others inflict loss, we will offer grace. And when others cry, our eyes, too, will fill with tears, but even then our blurry vision will be able to see the face of the God of love. So our compassion will always be confident -- confident no ruin will befall us that cannot be rebuilt.
They tell us the world has changed forever. It did, once. It did 2,000 years ago when God himself walked in our skin and in our sorrow. And his death, the death of Jesus Christ, staggered and rocked the very foundations of death and forever removed the terror of evil. Let the lovers of ruin fear; we will believe.
"Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident." Psalm 27:3
Rick Cupp is the minister at Kenai Fellowship Church, Mile 8.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Sunday Bible classes for all ages are at 10 a.m. Coffee and conversation begin at 10:45 a.m. and worship is at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday worship and Bible classes are at 7 p.m. The phone number is 283-7682.
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