January 7,2021

 

Dear SRCC family, 

As many of you are aware, our nations’ capital has recently experienced violence that has led to several people’s death and further inflamed the political turmoil in our country. This turmoil continues to have ripple effects across our nation, relationships, and communities. Likewise, our church has also felt the effects within our faith community. While the events that took place Wednesday were political in nature, it is vital that we, as followers of Jesus, take a moment to pause and reflect on how He would want us to live in and through this time. 

I would encourage all of us to pray and intercede on behalf of our government and our country’s leaders. The bible commands us to pray for our leaders in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 ” First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 

Our nation is in a fragile time, and it needs the healing presence of Jesus Christ more than ever. Timothy reminds us of this purpose. God desires that through us, others might come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. God’s Kingdom has come to this earth in and through Jesus, who absorbed the sinfulness and brokenness of the world, defeating its power once and for all. As followers of Jesus, we are now part of that Kingdom and given the mission to bring others into God’s Kingdom. 

We must remember that all of the anger, hatred, and violence we see today was taken upon the shoulders of Christ on the cross. What seemed like defeat, was in fact, victory. In God’s Kingdom, the last are first, the humble are lifted high, and the servant is the greatest. Where there was violence, there is now peace. Where there was hatred, there is now love. Where there was anger, the is now mercy. Today and every day, our call is to live out these values as a testimony of the Kingdom of God in us. To love our enemy, bless those who slander us, and serve those around us in the same way that Jesus did. In doing so, we declare the victory of Christ to the world around us, shining His light and bringing his healing power. 

 

Blessings,

Noah Smith 

Pastor

Santa Rosa Christian Church