Dear Tabernacle Family,
It is not necessary to be a “news junkie” to recognize that we are living in tumultuous times, where there are seemingly more questions than answers, and more incidents than resolutions. We struggle as we attempt to reconcile our basic values with the rapid erosion of our communities, and institutions that have offered hope and the prospect of a better time.
Our world is marked by human beings striving to find identity and fulfillment. Is it any wonder when we are constantly being reminded that we are incomplete or defective in some way unless we use certain products, wear certain clothing attire, or live a lifestyle that is fantasy, and unsustainable?
We have believed our professors, and political representatives, who tell us that there is this world that is available for us with minimal restrictions upon the seeker. This is advanced by pressure to earn another degree, or have “new” legislation enacted that will remedy the problem.
We tend to measure our self-worth by how our work is valued; multitudes measure their worth by their earnings. In such an environment, a shadow is cast upon the person at the lower end of the pay-scale, which is often discouraging and can also make them vulnerable to unscrupulous individuals, ready to exploit them for self-serving ends.
Our lives are significant, even if they don’t appear that way to the world.
Attempts to exile God from our culture have disclosed that there is a severe consequence to this approach. We can march for human rights and express concern over mistreatment of our environment and cruel treatment of animals. At the same time, we give little value to a person based on performance only, not on reason.
Our passion for human worth is established on the basis of a Christian world view. God has established human dignity because He assigned worth to man and woman. Our origin is not an accident, but a profoundly intelligent act by the eternal One, who has stamped His image on each person. If there is no divine glory, there is no human dignity.
What can you do?
Believe that God is sovereign and is not taken by surprise, nor has He relinquished control.
Receive the revelation of who you are, and walk humbly before God in that knowledge.
“What is man that You are mindful of him and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.” — Psalm 8:4-5
Believe you are the person that God says you are. You have purpose and a destiny. You carry the answer for the world’s needs.
Recognize that you are an ambassador representing God and His Kingdom to this world, and He has equipped you for every situation; Pray for a spiritual awakening in our nation that will touch every area of our culture; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
In His Service,
Pastor Allen Baun