The Pastor's Peace - March, 2013
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I never paid much attention to military spending before I moved to the Dayton area. My general feeling was that our military was fairly strong and if they needed to make cuts here and there, then there was likely more than enough room. However, now that I live and work in a community where military spending has a very direct multi-billion dollar impact on the local economy and is the largest employer in the area, I pay a bit more attention. I find myself being a bit more selfish, hoping they don’t cut spending here, because we need the jobs, and I don’t want to see people I know lose them. For me, I sometimes think people’s employment has become more important than the actual merit of the spending, even though I know that is probably not the right way to look at it.

As we go through Lent and approach Easter, I think the early followers of Jesus felt kind of the same way. They had become exceedingly attached to Jesus; in fact, they needed him in their lives so much that his closest companions became protective of him. Jesus was less concerned, however, with their current needs and more concerned with fulfilling what he was called to do, even though eventually it would cause his friends great despair. I can almost see some of the disciples telling Jesus he should stay low for a bit, and certainly should not go into Jerusalem. Jesus, however, would press on, making an entrance that was anything but low-key. Did he truly know what the outcome of Holy Week would be, or did he simply trust in his faith?

As we in this region await the news from
Washington, which will inevitably affect ourfriends, neighbors, and relatives, I hope and pray that the decisions made are good ones. And that they are not just good for us, but are the best possible for everyone, fully weighing all the pluses and minuses that any difficult choice possesses. Perhaps Dayton will benefit somehow, or maybe it will just be a shuffle or something a bit more painful. Regardless of the outcome, I pray that things are done for the right reasons and not just to benefit some special interest. When decisions are made for the betterment of all, then they are the right decisions even if there are some difficulties along the way. Now I’m not suggesting that I have anyway near the same faith in our politicians that I have in God, but if by some miracle the decisions are made for the right reasons, then I have faith we will make it through as a region, regardless of the outcome.

In the end, Easter and the early Church presented something completely different for the Disciples from what they knew, and was beyond their wildest imaginations. It was hard work and they faced persecutions, but they were able to share the Good News and know that their salvation was assured. God was always with them through earlier prophets, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and in many other ways too numerous to count. In the same way, God has always been with us and always will be. Take heart in that, follow what you know to be true, love the things in your life that are truly important, and rest assured in your salvation. Not even the cross nor death could negate that. How minor in comparison are budget cuts or anything proclaimed by any earthly rulers! Christ lives, today and always, thanks be to God!

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian