Voice of the people
Secession will not solve anything
I have just one question for the secessionists: Are they out of their ever-loving minds? Have they forgotten what "United we stand, divided we fall" actually means? Do they want a Civil War, as we had in the time of Lincoln? A war is a richer man's gain and the poorer man's ruin, and believe me the poorer man always pays the price!
We all need to realize that God is the one in control, whoever He wants in the White House or anywhere else for that matter, that's the one that's going to be there, according to His plans. Acting out like children when they don't get what they want will not change that!
Cross is at heart of Christianity
There is a difference between religion and Christianity
One difference is that the followers of every religion are trying to reach God, find God and please God through their own efforts. Being religious and being a member of any of the religious sects doesn't make a person any more than going to a stable will make you a horse.
The followers of Christianity are trusting in what God has already done for us, when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the cross to pay our sin debt, something we could not do for ourselves.
Christianity is a relationship with God, not a religious treadmill. Christianity's power comes from God, not ourselves.
Another difference is, most religions regard Jesus Christ as a great teacher or prophet. He is the whole substance and strength of Christianity. He is not only the Son of God, He is God.
Christianity also differs from all religions in that it has the only God that is Creator of heaven and earth, and who has died and resurrected.
So what is the one difference between religion and Christianity that really matters? The cross. It is the centerpiece of the Christian faith. No one can ignore it. You either accept it or reject it.
Let Thanksgiving spill over to church
I read an opinion letter in The Herald-Dispatch in which the writer said Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday. She listed the main reason for the day was to consider what we are thankful for. It surely should inspire a thankful spirit, but its not called "thankful day." It's called Thanksgiving Day.
I hope you are thankful for many of the good things she mentioned in her letter, but our thankfulness should not just be an awareness of our blessings but expressions of gratitude to the One who gives us these blessings. In Luke 17:11-17, while Jesus was traveling, 10 men with leprosy approached him and asked for healing. He told them to go show themselves to the priest. On the way, they were miraculously healed of their disease. Only one of them turned back to Jesus to offer thanks. Jesus asked, "Were there not ten? Where are the other nine?"
I am sure the nine were thankful but only one paused to give thanks. Do you identify with the nine or the one? Has God done something for you in answer to your prayers only to be ignored?
This Thanksgiving season, do what the name implies, "give thanks." Let that gratitude spill over into this weekend and go to church.
Pastor Robert Weaver
Huntington First Church of the Nazarene