Who Cares?

  Wow, the pace of life is getting faster!  People don’t seem to have time for one other any more.  While everything is going our way, the pace is not so threatening; but when we fall into one of the pitfalls of life, it’s like sitting in the middle of a crowded highway in a stalled car.  No one seems willing to busy themselves with the rescue of the distressed.  A “Who cares?” attitude prevails.

  But God Cares!  Though the world has drastically changed, He is …the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17b).  He sees you in the hopelessness of the most serious predicament of life, and comes to your rescue.

  What predicament?  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23).  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Romans 3:10).  You and I are lost in sin.  The Bible tells us that our sinfulness has earned us eternal death and separation from our loving Heavenly Father.  For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23a).

  But listen to this: God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8).  Yes, God loves sinners!  He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to purchase our forgiveness through His death on the cross.  He rose from the dead and has ascended back to Heaven to intercede for you as Savior and Lord.

  How can you obtain this wonderful deliverance?  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John. 1:12).  It’s that simple,  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31).

  No, this won’t supernaturally take all the bumps out of the road of life, but as a child of God you can always be assured that He is with you, that He has time to help, that HE CARES.

You Are What You Have Been Becoming

  A while back, I read a blog about the atrocities committed by the pirates of Somalia.  The blogger stressed that because piracy is an unfortunate reality in our day, we should not glamorize pirates in books, movies, etc.  It was her contention that no parents should allow their tots to idolize terrorists.  These men torture their victims and hold them for multi-million dollar ransoms.  They are in fact common criminals, immoral thugs, drunkards and drug addicts, who use piracy to support their lifestyles.

  Interestingly, every response was critical of the blogger’s assertions:  One wrote, “Perhaps when they’re of appropriate age, we should teach our children the difference between the old-fashioned pirates of fiction and the modern day pirates of reality.”  Another said, “Fantasy is what it is, we all find out the truth soon enough why rain on anyone’s parade? It’s not as though misunderstanding the truth about pirates is likely to affect the real lives of many 8 year olds in America.”  A third answered, “I think there ought to be some room for pretending to be bad guys without forgetting the fact that real bad guys are actually really bad!”

  Unfortunately, many who view themselves as “good” parents continue to raise common criminals, immoral thugs, drunkards and drug addicts.  What are they missing?  According to the Word of God, it does indeed matter what is allowed through the gates of our minds.  “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things… and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9).”  “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children… (Deuteronomy 6:6-7a).”  Fantasies of today will become the fabric of our character tomorrow.  You are what you have been becoming.


The days of the Apostles were marked by sound doctrine, and growth by multiplication.  Later, the successive stages of “church development” were plagued by doctrinal drifting.  After the Reformation, denominations formed and were quickly divided over everything from Bible doctrine to the shape of the steeple.  Diversity made it hard for many to know what to believe.

Today the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction.  There is a cry for all “people of faith” to celebrate the things they have in common, and ignore their age old differences.  The problem? …what they have in common is not always truth.  Churches are laying aside their doctrinal distinctives for the sake of unity.  There is increasing pressure to be more tolerant of others, more accepting of beliefs that are contrary to our own, or the Bible.

In the beginning, an increasing number of people were hearing the gospel year after year, but now that number is decreasing.  In the beginning the church was the redeemed bride of Christ, but in the end, the Bible tells us that the church will fall away from everything that Christ taught.  We are certainly moving in that direction.

Some will disregard my remarks as being alarmist, outdated or just ignorant.  Others may accuse me of being “one of those legalist pastors who believes everybody should come to his church.”  But my goal is not to have the largest church, and I hate legalism – No one will ever enter heaven because they have faithfully “kept the rules.”  Salvation is by faith in Christ, plus nothing. 

Still there are those who argue, “But the more ‘progressive’ churches have more people than your church.”  That is certainly true, but again, it is not about church or numbers, it is about God and truth.  Where do you stand with relation to God and truth?   Remember, there were more people outside the ark than within.

Thank You

  These are among the most powerful words known to man.  They have singly settled disputes, won battles, and changed the course of history.  These two words can melt an icy heart and make friends of enemies.  It is probable that your own life has been touched by these timely spoken words, and perhaps you have felt hurt or loss when they were lacking.

  It is distinctly Christian to say “thank you,” a virtue to be sought by every child of God.  And though we extol the virtues of thanksgiving among men, its first object and recipient must be God Himself.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4).  The reason is obvious.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17).

  Unbelievers are also capable of true thankfulness.  They give thanks for things that are pleasant and, in their estimation, beneficial.  But Christians have the capacity to be thankful even in the face of devastation and loss.  Giving thanks to God in every circumstance is a virtue that dazzles the minds of unbelievers.  Down through the centuries, many have been stirred to ask “Why?”  The answer, of course, is the believer’s faith.  Christians are the recipients of some very special promises.  Promises like, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).”   And then there is, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5).”

  As believers, we have confidence that God is in control and that, no matter what, He has our best interest in mind.  So, dear brother or sister, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1Thessalonians 5:18).” 


The memories are still vivid and real.  I shudder to recall what happened Sunday evening, July 17, 1988 on a country road just south of Winston Salem, NC where I grew up.  A lone gunman shot ten people as they casually drove by his place of business.  Five of the ten were dead within the hour and two others were fighting for their lives in a local hospital.  Perhaps the most troubling remembrance is that of a young lady of sixteen who drove around a roadblock where two men were trying to warn on-comers of the impending danger.

The two made every attempt to stop the young lady, including placing their cars across the road, waving their arms, and shouting their warning in slow, deliberate tones.  She simply drove around them on the shoulder of the road as if avoiding a trashcan that had inadvertently blown into her path.  They had done all that they could to warn her, but now she had passed and their attention was turned to the next car.

The young lady was shot once as she drove by and again when the gunman ran to the window of her stalled car to deliver another shot point blank.  She died at the scene.  I still shudder to think of the terror that embraced her as she realized what was happening.

This event illustrates perfectly what I feel as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  You, my friend, are like this young lady, traveling on the road called Sin, and headed for certain eternal destruction.  It is my duty to sound the warning.  Your only hope is to turn from your sin and place your trust in Jesus Christ who has already endured your terror and offers you peace.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5-6).