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09-01-17
September 2017

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

--C.S. Lewis

 

Dear friends in Christ,

 

These are crazy times. Too many are choosing up sides. Too many are drawing tight boundaries around what they’re willing to allow people to say… or even to think. Too many shout, post, chant, and tweet utter nonsense.

 

What might be worst is that when the culture goes mad it’s very difficult not to get caught up in the antics or rhetoric of one group or another. Fear does strange things to human beings (a truth repeated throughout the Scriptures).

 

When times get strange and the foundations seem to be shaken, it’s the last part of the above quote from Lewis that can be really helpful for us who are called by the name of Christ our Lord. Yes, of course, the first part is true. We believe in Christianity because we see it in Word and in Sacrament and in the guidance we receive and the grace we share in our lives. But the second half is especially helpful in these crazy times:

 

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen… because by it I see everything else.”

 

Each “side” (of which there seem to be myriad at the moment) says, “See it MY way and help me fight the ones who are the enemies.”

 

But to those who are called to see everything by the light of Christ, the Risen Lord calls, “See others in the light of My death and resurrection… in the light of My grace… and show them a more excellent way.”

 

These are crazy times, but crazy times have come and gone throughout human history. What remains? The love of God for His world—and His desire is that all would come to the knowledge of this truth. This we are called to proclaim and to live, “because by it (we) see everything else.”

 

Pax,

Pastor Tom

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