It’s no secret we’re living in a time of change. It’s affecting every aspect of life, including Baptist circles.
A couple weeks ago I attended Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler for the first time. It has to be one of the warmest churches I’ve ever been to. Everyone is glad you’re there. While there, I found Pastor David Dykes’ message — Riding the Wave of Change — encouraging and interesting.
Among his thoughts, he indicated the changing world in which we live works in favor of Christians committed to evangelism. We have a gospel that never changes.
We live in the most stressful time in history. We have more time-saving devices than ever before, but it seems we still have less and less time to enjoy life. Computers were designed to save time, but they end up demanding more and more of it! Just last week, my computer decided to totally crash, and I devoted the next three hours to trying to reboot it, until I finally gave up and called computer 911! Computers and other tech gadgets don’t ease stress, they create stress! And change is one of the leading causes of stress. Alvin Toffler wrote: “Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much
change in too short a time.” (Future Shock, p.4) If that was true in 1970, it’s a hundred times more so now.
I believe there’s never been a better time to be a part of the church of the Lord Jesus, because in the midst of massive changes, we have the message of hope, strength, and stability to share with stressed out people. Microsoft or Apple can’t promise you security and strength, but Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and are burdened [stressed-out] and I will give you REST.” (Matthew 11:28)