ABC Update: May 29, 2020
Greetings ABC Family,
I truly hope and pray you have found the change in weather to be a breath of fresh air – literally! I want to assure you our staff and elders are actively working on plans for the reopening of Alliance Bible Church on June 21st! You will be hearing more details about that next week. Of course, our children’s Summer Adventure Camps are soon to begin and families all over our area have been actively registering for those. I’m excited to see these get started and I am grateful to all the volunteers who make this happen!
Because the Scriptures are a perfectly reliable “playbook” for life in this world, we MUST return to them again and again through every season of life.
In the book of Ezra, we’re told the Israelites had disobeyed the Lord and had intermarried with people from other religions. God’s primary concern here was that his people would be led into idolatry. When Israel’s pastor at the time, Ezra, heard this, he tore his tunic and cloak, pulled out his hair and beard and “sat down appalled.” He knew God’s people were now in a pickle.
So what does one do? They are “unequally yoked.” They are in marriages unsanctioned by God. And yet, they are in a covenant of marriage. Divorce profanes the marriage covenant (Mal. 2:10-16). They are caught between a rock and a hard place.
There’s something this story teaches us: in a world corrupted by sin, sometimes the only options you have are bad ones. This is a messy reality. In the West, we love figuring out nice, clean solutions. We always assume there is one! But the Scriptures teach us, sometimes there are no great solutions. Sometimes you have to choose between two less than ideal options. Still a decision must be made.
I find this to be the case as it relates to reopening ABC. It’s not that we have fallen into grievous sin, but we do live inside a sin fallen world and we’ve contributed to it! Our options aren’t ideal. There is no nice, clean solution. Still a decision must be made.
Now, you may say, “Where’s the hope in that?” Well, first of all, I’m grateful to God he’s told us we’ll find ourselves in situations that appear to be “no win” situations. We shouldn’t be shocked by it. It’s helpful to know that. But the frustration we experience by having less than ideal options points us forward. Here’s the ultimate hope: Jesus is coming back again and when he does the only options you’ll have will be great options! Imagine having to choose between a spectacular option and a stellar one! That day is coming! For now, we have to deal with being in a pickle. But for all eternity, that pickle we were once in will be overshadowed by the resplendent existence we’ll enjoy in the perfect presence of Jesus Christ!
Journeying with you,