What are we here for?

It will not be by the political process or by marching in the streets that change will come. It will not be done by causing others to change their mind and think that our ideas are more popular than those of the opposition that we will affect change. It will not be done by passing more legislation that we will be able to bring unity to the world.

None of those things are capable of creating permanent change in either individuals or groups of individuals. The only thing in the universe that can cause real, permanent change in people is the Gospel.

And by that Gospel, I don’t mean doing good to others or trying your best until your approach to life is more positive than anyone else. By the Gospel, I mean the vicarious death of Jesus Christ in history to satisfy the wrath of God that provided us by means of the imputation of the righteousness of Christ to become children of God, and be included as joint-heirs in the Kingdom of God.

Until we all are able to enter into the Sabbath rest, we will still be subject to the pain, heartbreak and sorrow that cause people to turn against one another. And we will continue to cause suffering, even to those we love, after we have come to the Kingdom of God, because we are still sinful. But because the sin nature has been crucified with Christ, we are able to not sin, and to know that when we sin “He is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Understand, I don’t say you can do what you want and get forgiveness; that is presumption. I do proclaim the Good News that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, of which I am chief.

Don’t get hung up on labels or titles. Rather, realize “that you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”