Friday, December 8, 2023

God on Trial


Looking back at the history of how people viewed God in the past, one notices that they were very concerned with what God thought of them. We find an unbroken record of people offering animal sacrifices, grain offerings, money, even their own children, all for the purpose of trying to get God on their side. There was a deep sense that people needed God in some way, either to help them out of a problem or to simply not create more difficulties in their lives. 

Today, our thinking is very different. The modern person, in many cases, doubts the existence of God. And even those who are open to considering the possibility of there being a God who is involved in human life, they demand that God prove himself to them on their terms! God is very much on trial, and we human beings see ourselves as his judge. Regarding our understanding of God, humanity has regressed in the last 200 years rather than progressed. For if God exists, we don’t find him, he reveals himself to us. We don’t judge him, he judges us. And above all, he does not need us, we desperately need him. That is why Christmas is so incredibly necessary. 

The message of Christmas is simple, straightforward and addresses our greatest need. In the birth of Jesus Christ, God becomes a human being, revealing himself clearly and understandably. However, the most shocking part about Christmas is why God became a human being. He came not to judge the world but to save the world. Take a few moments and think seriously about the following two Bible passages, both spoken by Jesus. If they say something to you, join us for our Sunday morning worship service. 

John 14:9“Have I been with you so long,” Jesus answered, “and you still do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. 

John 3:16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 

Sunday Morning Worship – 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.