“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Je-sus Christ, who gave himself up for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5 NIV)
Paul wrote to the churches in the region of Galatia, but I extend that same greeting to you now. It was a prayer for grace and peace in “their evil age”. They were in theirs, and we are in our “evil age”. We live in a culture that rewards “wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, science without humanity, knowledge without character, politics without principle, com-merce without morality, and worship without sacrifice”. Some of you may know this quote from Mahatma Ghandi as the Seven Deadly Social Sins. What you may not know is that he made that statement in 1925. 1925! How far have we fallen since 1925? Pon-der that for a moment.
That begs the question “What can we do?” Paul had an answer that is still sage wisdom for today! We absolutely must remember who is in charge. Galatians 6, starting at verse 7 states “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man (or woman) reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to pleasure their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believ-ers.” (Italics added for emphasis.) Note the family of believers.
In his letter to the church in Thessalonica, he wrote “Therefore en-courage one another and build each other up, …” (1 Thessaloni-ans 5:11)
You see, the key to not just surviving but thriving in this present evil age is to stay together! The key is to lift each other up! We must meet to-gether and share together and support each other in our evil age. The church had always been the glue that held community together. She is still the glue that will hold us together. The body of Christ is defined by the parts of the body working together! Seldom has Satan had the opportunity to separate the church in America as during this present time. We must come together. We must support each other. I beg you to be engaged in the building up of one another. We have come too far to stop now. Worship, movie nights, Bible study, Sunday school; let us continue to support each other. Engage once more! We have a great work to do. We need all hands (and feet, and nose and toes). We need the body. We need you. Come and fellowship as soon as you feel safe. In the meantime, Stay connected! Grace and peace to you.
In His service,