For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?—1 John 5:4-5
These are the months of competition!
The tenuous lines are still drawn with multiple perspectives on the COVID 19 pandemic.
Our sports has either just begun their season, wrapped it up or is somewhere in between.
Our advertising world is consumed with the upcoming national, state, and local elections.
Whatever the team, issue, or candidate, most all of us have an opinion or desire to have our team, issue, or candidate rise to the top above all else. We are passionate about it.
I was able to attend a meeting this week with a number of other LC-MS pastors of our South Wisconsin District to address and discuss a more critical battle that is taking place in the minds of the members and the congregations we serve as pastors.
When you look at the listed issues, there are certainly important issues to deal with, discuss, and resolve; some being more important than others. But if we put them in perspective of the issue of eternity, their importance diminishes.
We as a church and believers have been given the grace and forgiveness of God in Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection for us. As a congregation, this is the most critical issue to be addressed in our world today.
As we continue to debate, discern, and decide where we come down on the issues of our day, may we never lose sight that the most critical issue of our day is our eternal perspective. Many, many people are absent and unaware of the issues of eternal importance—what lies beyond this world and life when I die. We have the truth of that issue already before us and within us as children of God.
Regardless of which issue weighs on your heart the most, take comfort and peace in the certainly that the eternal truth is ours in Jesus, the battle has been fought and won for us by His victory for us.
God’s continuing peace in Jesus throughout these contentious days and all the time to come!
Pastor Peter M. Peitsch