Is it just me… or do you have to be careful about the news when kids are around? It’s an age-old problem: bad news sells. But for the last few years, it seems the news has been dominated either by extremist violence or by increasingly blunt discussions of sexual ethics, saying and showing things we would rather young minds not see or hear.
It’s not just me, right?
In the face of such challenges, where can we turn for hope, for guidance, for confidence?
I hope you already know my answer: God’s Word.
See, the thing is: extremist violence is not exactly new. Anyone who has studied any era of history knows that killing in the name of some belief is a very common human event. That’s a sad observation… but true.
Sexual activity, even activity that pushes or shatters accepted boundaries, is not exactly new either. Sex has always been part of God’s design for humanity (and animals, too). But like life itself, sex is a gift that has been abused in every place, time, and culture – another sad-but-true observation.
Both violence and sexual deviance can be found as early as Genesis Chapter 4. By Genesis 6:5, we read: “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Every intention… was only evil… continually! Wow.
Honestly, there is no period in Biblical history when extremist violence and sexual deviance were not part of the challenge faced by humans. That’s a sad fact. But it also means that every single book… every single chapter… every single verse of the Bible was written to people facing some of the same challenges that we face every day.
I get frustrated when people say that the Bible is outdated, or that Scriptural principles can’t be applied to modern times. Understanding the times and challenges of the Bible only prove how helpful and necessary it is for us now.
We are about to start a five-week Adult Study called “Sexual Morality in a Christless World”. If you aren’t a regular Bible Study attender, I strongly encourage you to try it out for the next five weeks at least. We will get into discussions that a sermon simply can’t provide. We will be able to hear one another’s views: something else a sermon can’t provide.
And most importantly: we will be rooting it all in the one book that can tell us the stories of others who have faced similar problems AND give us the perfect, heavenly perspective of One who is so much greater than ourselves.
I encourage whole families to attend together. I plan to teach the class in such a way that it won’t expose Jr. High-age students to anything they aren’t already hearing at school or in the news.
As Christians, we need to know what the Bible teaches, how it applies to our current challenges, and even feel a bit of confidence if asked to explain it. As your pastor, I can’t think of a better way to do that than this study, so I pray you will consider giving it an hour a week for five weeks. I genuinely believe it will be worth your time… and you’ll still be out in time for lunch!
These problems aren’t anything new… Let’s face them with the hope, care, and confidence that only God can provide.
Pastor Rob Morris
About Our Pastor Rob Morris:
Pastor Rob Morris has just celebrated his sixth year with us having moved here to Newtown on New Years Eve 2011. Pastor Rob comes to us having earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, MA.
Prior to serving at Christ the King, he was a full-time staff member at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA, focusing on both the youth and worship ministries. In the Fall of 2011, he attended one semester at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Pastor Morris is joyfully married to his high school sweetheart, Christy, and July 2014 marked their 13th wedding anniversary. They have been entrusted with two wonderful boys, Elijah (who turned 11 in March of 2017) and Isaiah (who turned eight in January of 2017). As a family, they love to hike, bike, explore, read, and play music together.
In his free time, Pastor Morris loves reading, playing music (guitar, bass, drums, piano, and a smattering of other instruments), and both road and mountain biking.
Though the journey to serving at Christ the King was not a traditional one, Pastor Morris is excited to serve in such a warm and vibrant congregation. He says, “Christ the King is the perfect name for this ministry, for it is Christ who reigns by grace through his Word and Sacraments. It is also the perfect name because Christ’s reign is extended by the faithful service of his saints here at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, CT and around the world.”