The UMC sent out a letter from the Bishop today about West Virginia Wesleyan College. WVWC had to release 27 faculty and staff because of budget problems. In the letter, the Bishop said, “I am thankful for a College President who unknowingly inherited a challenging situation and yet is passionate and excited to take advantage of the endless opportunities that lie (ahead)…” I love that thinking, and I see that same attitude in many Christians.
- While there are some thriving churches/pastors that proclaim that Jesus wants us to be healthy, wealthy, and wise, that is not Biblical. Christians get cancer, lose jobs, lose loved ones, and have numerous problems, and that should not be surprising. There was never a promise of health and wealth.
- While there are some churches/pastors that teach that each person can decide what is sin in their own lives and what is acceptable, that is not Biblical. And I know there are popular sins that make God’s Word unpopular with nearly half of society.
- While there are some churches/pastors that see Jesus as one of many ways to God and heaven, the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Way, not one of many ways.
When you become a follower of Jesus, you not only have the same worldly problems as your unsaved neighbors, but on top of that you have the challenge of trying to live a holy life. You also have the challenge of lovingly calling on your friends and neighbors to repent and turn to Jesus. And that is a challenging situation in this modern society. But there are also endless opportunities.
“I am thankful for sisters and brothers in Christ who have inherited a challenging situation and yet are passionate and excited to take advantage of the endless opportunities that lie (ahead)…”
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.