Old vs New, Which is Best?
“They want to change every thing.” or “They won’t change and they live in the past. Sound familiar? It is heard in church and throughout our culture. Not that our culture today has exclusive rights to these two thoughts, they have been around for ever.
Do not speak harshly to an older man, but speak to him as to a father, to younger men as brothers, to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters–with absolute purity. 1 Tim 5:1-2
Some folks seem to think change for the sake of change is good. New is good is the edict proclaimed. The Edsel was new but where is it today? No fault divorce was new but it was in reality harmful. On the other hand the new computer age and cell phones have revolutionized communication.
Often attitudes that build walls hindering all we can be as a church, a community or as individuals. As concerned as we may be about our world, our families, our neighborhoods and our churches We must start with ourselves if we are to make a positive impact everywhere else.
The Scripture above is a place for us to start. Paul is writing to Timothy giving instruction in community living and leadership. I am convinced it is not just about being kind to one another but Paul’s instructions are a means of empowerment. Instead of older folks sitting on the back pew in passive resistance or younger folks leaving the church (or your family fellowship) to express themselves we can grow in what I suggest is one of the primary tenants of our faith in Jesus. Submission. Jesus submission at Gethsemane when He said; “Never the less Thy will be done.” Submission to the Father and the cross was essential for Jesus to be all He was to be to you and me. Our Savior and Lord.
Submission to Jesus and to one another is essential. Sometimes submission to God when He is working in our loved ones life is “Ducking” so God can get their attention. Ducking may mean simply keeping quite. But submission isn’t simply resigning yourself, it is knowing Jesus is Lord and He knows what is best in every situation. There may be a need to speak up when you believe something new isn’t going to be as fruitful as traditional methods. Wisdom and experience are invaluable. Submission to what Jesus is leading you requires you speak. We must however be willing to accept, you might be right but like I heard Dr. Phil say to a lady concerning her conflict with her husband, “Do you want to be right or do you want to be married?” The title of a book comes to mind; “A Hill On Which To Die.” We may need to be submissive to what Jesus is doing in the circumstance, and He may not be moving as quickly as we think He should. At His trail Jesus could have stood up and said; “No I am innocent and I will not die on the cross. “ That would have been right, but the injustice of His death was necessary for our salvation. Sometimes we can be right but God is working and we must be patient.
Seniors we must keep in mind young people are not as hindered by the cautiousness that comes with age. There are times when boldness and thinking we cannot fail is essential to glorifying our Lord Jesus. After all He was a revolutionary when it came to teaching about the intimacy of God the Father and having a personal relationship with Him.
We must re-emphasize to young folks; “new” isn’t always good. Have a spirit of submission and love for your seniors. Follow the direction given by Paul in 1 Timothy and trust that Jesus is Lord in the older folks life as well as yours. Christians must be family, we must all act like family and love like family, we are after all the “family of God”.
It is Jeuss love for us that will give us the victory. His love enable us to love openly. If He is not your Savior you can walk in His love, and be empowerd to be more than you ever dreamed possible. Right now you can ask Him to be your personal Savior. Admit you are a sinner (Romans 3:23) Believe He died and rose from the grave (Romans 5:8,10:9) Confess Jesus as your Savior and ask Gods forgiveness (Romans 10:13).
Pray this prayer: “Lord Jesus forgive me of my sin. I believe You died on the cross for my sin and rose from the grave and are now alive. And from this day forward I repent of my sin and believe on your name. Forgive me and be my Savior. And right now I receive You as my Savior and Lord. Amen.
If you pray this prayer contact us at Page Avenue Baptist Church and we wills send you material to help you understand more clearly what salvation means and how you will be blessed in following Jesus.
Pastor Dennis Taylor
PageAvenue Baptist Church, 5023 Page Avenue, Jackson, MI. 49203
PS. Join us for Fall Festivale October 30. Fun, food, kareoke, fun for children and adults. Call us for the time and placce.