God is great! (July 2016)

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

The nature of country music is to tell a story. Good country music does this by telling a story and reflecting upon a greater truth. Billy Currington does this in his performance of the country hit, “People Are Crazy” by Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones.

The song starts out, as many country songs do, in a bar. An old man and the narrator are talking and as the evening moves on they share more and more about themselves with each other. They ponder both the temporal (“politics”, “blonde and redhead chicks”, and “old dogs”) and the eternal (“God’s grace” and “life and death”). At the end of the evening (2:00 AM), they go their separate ways. Later the narrator reads the old man’s obituary in the newspaper and to his surprise finds that the old man was a millionaire. The old man surprised his family by leaving his entire fortune to “some guy he barely knew”, the narrator.

Braddock and Jones touch on three Biblical truths with this simple song. God’s nature is such that God is sovereign over all creation. We can find this in many passages from Holy Scripture but my favorite comes from Psalm 95, “For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods”, (God is Great). Creation is inherently reflective of the glory of God and is by God’s declaration good. In the Biblical account of creation, in the First Chapter of Genesis, we can find, “And God saw that it was good” six times (beer is good). We are by our very nature sinful. In the Third Chapter of the Book of Romans, we hear Paul declaring, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. In the Fifth Chapter of Galatians we hear that, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want” (people are crazy).

The Good News for us is that, 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3 NIV). Yes, God reaches out for us in spite of our sinfulness.

We know from Holy Scripture that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. (Ephesians 1 NIV).

Yes, God is great, creation is good, and people are sinful but thanks be to God through the work of Christ we are seen by God as righteous. It is my prayer for you that you find some way in which to proclaim these truths to others around you.

 

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Walls

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