Community in Action August 12, 2020

Since School started up this week I am now getting notices to finish my annual training for first aid, blood borne  pathogens, etc,. Ever since I signed on to Coach Basketball I have to take certain e-courses annually. 

    This year there is a new course I had to take called IPM or Integrated Pest Management. Though it was designed for insect and rodent intruders it has morphed into including steps to guard against the coronavirus.

    There are three steps to follow when guarding against these intruders. The first is cleaning, then sanitizing, and finally disinfecting. Cleaning is mostly concerned about food stuffs being trashed and washing with soap frequently. Sanitizing is using those chemicals which are mild and kill some germs, but not all of them. Disinfecting is destroying almost all the germs in an area, including those on hard surfaces using strong cleansing agents.

    As I pondered the necessary steps to deal with germs I thought about how we deal with sin. Sin is that which breaks our relationship with each other and/or God. Sin is something that is not healthy, it needs to be eradicate for us to live healthy lives.

    Thankfully we can deal with sin by asking for forgiveness, be it from another person or from God, depending on who we sinned against. In 1 John 1:9 it says, “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    There is no second step to take when asking God to forgive us. We ask and God forgives. We don’t have to worry about first washing with soap, then sanitizing with a mild chemical, and finally disinfecting. It is all done. All we need to do is ask Jesus to take that sin from us and it is gone. We can then move back to healthy living.

    Of course we also know that sometimes that same sin may crop again and we may need some help in changing the pattern of our life or we may need some help in breaking that habit or even some help in replacing that constant sin with a health way to react or act.

    We have these kind of helps. We can seek counsel from trusted friends or we can use the assistance of a therapist. We can also research ways others in scripture have dealt with such sin, be it greed, arrogance, or hardness of heart.

    Let us not continue those sins which are patterns in our life, but seek God not only to forgive us, but to help us find new ways of living which are healthy for us, our community and will bring glory to God.

    Seeking to live a more healthy life with you,

    Pastor Randy


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