Saturday, June 3, 2023

Jesus: Kool-Aid or King?


Ever since the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in which hundreds of men, women and children willingly drank poison at the encouragement of cult leader Jim Jones, people who are serious about their relationship with God have been ridiculed as “drinking the Kool-Aid” of religion. It certainly is a fact that throughout history thousands of religious fakers have deceived millions with the haunting claim, “God spoke to me.” And this tragic reality is still common today, for God, in the minds of human beings can take on many forms. 

But, does the existence of spiritual deception prove that God either does not exist or at least is unknowable? Thomas Edison, after thousands of experiments trying to find a material for the filament of the light bulb said, “I haven’t failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” He was convinced that the material he needed existed and was determined not to give up his search until he found it. 

The evidences which God has left in us not only for his existence but his involvement in our lives are so great they compel us to seek him out among the sea of imposters. Far from drinking the Kool-Aid of religion, our search for God is the single most important endeavor a human being can pursue. 

On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter told a group of people that God is not only knowable, he has entered our history in the person of Jesus Christ for one purpose – to bring us into his family and give us blessings which are of a never ending duration. Peter then pointed to various evidences to support his appeal. 

We live in a day which encourages a cynical, apathetic view of any kind of intense Christian commitment. It’s time to ask ourselves, “Is that perspective true or is it just another form of “Kool-Aid” which charismatic people have persuaded us to drink?” 

If you are looking for more than a casual acknowledgement of God in your life, join us for one of our worship services. Jesus isn’t “Kool-Aid”, he is your King, he is your Savior! 

Weekend worship service time: Saturday: 6:00 pm & Sunday: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.