Rip Van Winkle-ing won’t work!
I was joking with some people this weekend and told them that I wish I could fall asleep, like Rip Van Winkle, and wake up next year. The world I want to wake up in has no more precautions, no more wall to wall press coverage of the pandemic, no more presidential election politics, no more angry or fed-up people, no more divisions, and no more… You get the picture!
But that is not how life works. You can’t just sleep away the things that make you uncomfortable; you need to be wide awake and face them head on! But you must do it with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
In other words, do the opposite of pretty much everything we are seeing out of the culture right now: enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy…
Now where have I heard that before?
Oh, I remember!
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Galatians 5:19-23
So wake up my friends! We cannot Rip Van Winkle away this time in history. All the sermons, Bible reading, Sunday school classes, and small groups was just practice! Now it comes down to this…