Just wrote this open letter to the community where our church is located. Will be distributing this door to door asap:
I’m writing this open letter in effort to uplift and encourage the men, women, and children of our community, in hopes of combating some of the societal mayhem that we are witnessing before our eyes today. We live in a nation where animosity, bitterness, and hatred are ruling the day. People are hurting, confused, fearful, and divided more than I’ve seen in my 42 years of life. A few nights ago, I sat down in front of my computer and subjected myself to over an hour of internet videos that I found deeply disturbing.
The content of these videos consisted of images from many of the various protests that are taking place across this country. What I witnessed was utterly appalling. There are people on multiple sides of multiple issues who are out there treating each other in a sub-human fashion with no compassion, and no remorse. Upon witnessing the vitriolic hatred that is being spread on the streets in our country, I became indignant, and disappointed. Then I decided that I needed to do more about it.
None of this should really be surprising from my worldview, as the Bible plainly teaches that we will all reap exactly what we sow. So if we choose to sow hatred, bitterness, and animosity, these things will be what we reap. On the other hand, if we choose to sow love, joy, and peace, then we will reap love, joy, and peace back into our lives. This is The Law of the Harvest as detailed in Galatians Chapter 6:7-9:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
A large part of the problem is that many people in America have been sowing to the flesh. They’ve forgotten the Lord. They have bowed down the idol of human autonomy and adopted a worldly ideology that works contrary to Word of Truth (the Bible). To paraphrase Dr. Greg Bahnsen, they view logic as a self-sufficient tool of autonomous man’s reason, instead of rules of thought implanted in our minds by the Creator. Although we all share in the rules of thought, Christians and non-Christians are not neutral in their interpretation of these rules. The Christian accepts God’s interpretation without question, while the non-Christian imposes his own interpretation to challenge the Creator’s interpretation. What we are seeing on our nation’s streets today (cruelty, hatred, lack of compassion) is a direct result of this suppression of the truth.
The answer to all of these problems is Jesus Christ. You see friends, we are living in very troublesome times, but we’re not without hope. Hebrews Chapter 6 teaches us that those who trust in the work of Jesus Christ have a hope that anchors their souls, and this anchor is sure and steadfast. Romans 15:13 also reminds us that God is the God of hope, and He is able to fill us with joy and peace through the power of the Holy Ghost. Peace is the main point of my message to you today. There is true peace available to you, but it’s only found in one source: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
When you’re resting in the peace of Jesus Christ, He’ll calm your troubled soul. He’ll ease your fears and your worries. He’ll change your entire perspective, and you’ll become someone who will go out there and impact this world in a positive way, showing the true love of Christ, having compassion on other people, treating people with respect even if you disagree with them, and that peace will abide in the hearts of believers, regardless of the mayhem that may be taking place around them.
In closing, let me encourage you today to look to Jesus Christ. You don’t have to live in fear. You don’t have to live a life void of compassion. You can find the answers to all of life’s problems in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” My prayer today is for all of those who are struggling with the mayhem that is unfolding in our nation and around the world to remember these words, and put them into practice in your life, and may you ever be mindful of the fact that true peace is found only in Jesus Christ. Please take this message, that peace is found in Christ, and share it with someone else today, so the chaos found in those internet videos doesn’t continue unhindered.
Love in Christ,
Pastor Vern Hall
The Free Gift Gospel Mission
1025 Maple Street