Pulpit Reflections

Pulpit Reflections By Rev. Robert Grossmann Back to the Future is not only the title of a clever movie, it is true. Human life is a voyage into the future in a world where very little really new happens. Every year things happen that have never happened before, and yet those things are very similar to things that happened in the past.

This month, for example, an intrepid pilot flew a very specially designed airplane around the world in 67 hours without refueling. While taking a little over twice Lindburgh's time to fly from New York to Paris (a flight about one-eighth around the world), Steve Fossett's flight was very similar in that it took a man of great vision and courage to attempt such a feat, much less to pull it off. The point is that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

This fact that certain things are unchangeable is especially true in moral and spiritual matters, as well as in what we call the "laws of nature," and we must thank God for that. God designed a world in which good food tastes good, down is down, and everyone knows in his heart that stealing is wrong and telling the truth is right.

As we travel into the future, we do not need to be afraid because God has so stated in His word. "All flesh is grass, and the glory of man as the flower of the grass," wrote Isaiah, "the grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever."

What is true today does not stand in danger of being untrue tomorrow, because it really is true.

When questioned by Pontius Pilate about being a king, Jesus answered that He was the king of truth. He said, "for this reason I was born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I might bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth listens to my voice." (John 18:37). This is not only a proclamation about the truth of what Jesus said, it is a proclamation about what you and I believe.

Since Christ's word is true today, it is our sure guide for the future. Those who know and trust God's word do not have to be afraid of the future. The Ten Commandments will always be the best laws for human conduct, God's arrangement for marriage and family will always be the best way for us to live, God's plan of the forgiveness of sins through the sacrifice of Christ will always be the foundation for true religion, and all men will continue to be created equal."

History proves that the future belongs to those who hold these truths to be self-evident.

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