This Tuesday is Election Day. Many Federal, State, and Local offices and issues are on the ballot, including some Missouri Constitutional amendments. For the Christian, this should be a great time of privilege and influence. Paul told the Romans to “…be subject unto higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Rom 13:1). As Americans, we have the privilege and opportunity to be a part of the process that selects who those powers are.
There is never a great time to be had than when you’re campaigning for Christ! We have had the opportunity to travel to Baron Rouge, LA and assist the Capital City church of Christ in their efforts to door knock for the their Gospel Meeting. It is my privilege to report that our combined efforts were able to reach 1,800 homes in just a few days! Several good contacts were made and will be followed up by Morne Stephanus, the minister at Capital City. We were blessed by our opportunity to go and to work for the Lord.
Many will seek for wisdom to further themselves in the world. They will attend schools and get degrees and learn much about the subject they are studying. If they are diligent in their studies, then a degree will be given and they will pursue a career in what they have studied. Education is equated with wisdom from a worldly perspective. This article is not condemning education, rather all are encouraged to get the best education they can. However, there is an education that should have even more importance than a secular one. Acquiring the knowledge of the scriptures, to learn how God through Christ can save your soul should be more desired.
I want you to think about something for a minute. How many times a day do you push the little button on the top or the side of your phone? We do it to see if we have missed a text message, a phone call or an email. How many times a day to you check your phone just to see what time it is? I am sure we all probably do it more often than we might like to admit; I know I do.
Sunday morning’s lesson was a wonderful lesson from the book of Haggai. The prophet is chiding the nation of Israel to rebuild the Temple. They had laid the foundations, completed their own homes, and been inactive for 16 years. Brother Shepherd reminded us that they were rebuked for their sin (of inactivity) and that they should reflect upon it and the downfalls that it was bringing into their lives. God reminded them through the prophet that there were consequences, but ultimately an answer for their sin. The same is true for us. We have often times been lax in our work for the Lord and we need to reflect and repent so that we may move forward and realize that hope of a home in Heaven.
In the evening sermon we learned how we ought to be Peacemakers. Brother Shepherd looked at the Beatitudes in the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ in Matthew chapter 5. We need to have a belief that behaves itself. We ought to have and to share the peace of God, and that includes the idea of the absence of strife. A peacemaker ought to learn how to love the way that God loves and ought to be peaceful himself. He also stressed that a peacemaker has a peaceful tongue and as Christians we ought to be very careful in what we say and the words that we use.
I sincerely hope that you had an opportunity to be present and to hear these lessons as they were given. If not, please go to the website www.arnoldcoc.org and view the video, or ask the office to send you a copy of the DVD’s.