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Friday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - January 13

Dear Church Family -

Jesus’ teaching has been the big news item the last few days. Of course, most people don’t realize it is Jesus’ teaching they’re talking about. Most don’t make the connection that what our nation is talking about this week is something Jesus covered in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5,6,7).

The news is that classified documents have been found in one of President Biden’s former offices, and in the garage at his home in Delaware.

That in itself would be news, but it’s even more “newsy” because of the FBI raid on former President Trump’s residence, back in August, to recover classified documents.

President Trump’s opponents, who have railed against him for allegedly taking classified documents, suddenly find themselves on the other side of the equation. And that’s where Jesus’ teaching comes in…

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.” (Matt 7:1-5)

I’m not, right now, arguing for either President. It’s possible they are both wrong. Klon Kitchen is a senior fellow and national security expert at the American Enterprise Institute. In an article this week he pointed out that “there are plenty of processes in place to ensure that this [mishandling of classified documents] doesn’t happen. The fact that it has happened means either those processes were deliberately ignored or not thoroughly followed. Either explanation is unacceptable.”

“Secrets,” and “classified information,” are enticing! Our human nature loves to be in on secrets, and loves to pass those secrets on. It makes us feel important, and empowered, and special.

But secrets are a stewardship and a test—a test of character. “A talebearer reveals secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter” (Prov 11:13).

  • Secrets should cause us to look for the log in our own eye, as Jesus said. Maybe the reason we are so drawn to certain “private information” is because we have the same problem.

  • Secrets should cause us to pray, not to feel superior

  • Secrets should cause us to think carefully about the damage that words can do—just as classified government information in the wrong hands is a national security risk.

  • The problem of carrying secrets should cause us to minimize the number of secrets we carry. If someone tells you something about another person, you can say, “Have you talked to them about this?” “Am I the right person to help with this?” “Where no wood is, the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases” (Prov 26:20).

  • Sharing Secrets should cause us to remember that we reap what we sow, and that we will be judged with the measure we use to judge others. “Argue your case with your neighbor, and do not reveal the secret of another, or he who hears it will reproach you, and the evil report about you will not pass away” (Prov 25:9-10).

Jesus’ teaching is eternally relevant. This Sunday we’re going to talk about Jesus teaching that made His hometown mad. It’s recorded in Luke 4:14-30. Jesus is available. Jesus is for everyone. Jesus is the answer and the only way to life, and His teaching is still making people mad, today.

See you Sunday! – Pastor Tim

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