One of the most practical reasons for the Sabbath is to remind us regularly that we are not in control, that we are not God. Many of us are so stressed out because we are carrying a burden of security that God never intended for us to carry. The gospel reminds us that our security is ultimately in God’s hands, not our own.
"Since you want a simple reply, I’ll give you one without ‘horns or teeth.’ Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason—for I do not accept the conclusions of councils of popes because they contradict each other—my conscience is held captive by the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen."
“Twenty years ago, I lived as a lesbian. I delighted in my lover, our home on one of the Finger Lakes, our Golden Retrievers, and our careers. When Christ claimed me for His own, I did not stop feeling like a lesbian. I did not fall out of love with women. I was not converted out of homosexuality. I was converted out of unbelief.”
If we aren’t bothered by ideas that consider other people sub-human, we haven’t yet understood the implications of the gospel. Allowing racism to run rampant isn’t a “social justice” issue; fundamentally, it’s a gospel issue. The church, God’s “Plan A” for rescuing the world, should stand as a place of refuge for people of every color. We are one race—the human race—united under one Savior—Jesus Christ—with one problem—sin—and united with one hope—the resurrection.
While Christians may disagree about many things, we all agree that any kind of racial superiority is evil to the core. We want to stand united against it and pray that God would use his church to bring hope, healing, and redemption through the gospel to a broken world.
Many of you have sensed it already. Perhaps it was the pumpkin spice that snuck into your cornbread. Or the temperatures dipping below 90 degrees. Whatever tipped you off, there’s no deny that it’s that time of year: School is about to begin. In light of that, I wanted to pull a few helpful articles from the vault that deal with college, parenting, and family. Enjoy.