Rust and a Red Wagon

As a child, attending a Christian school, I heard hundreds of preachers during our weekly chapel services. I can tell you that I do not recall much of the specifics from the messages that I heard, but I do remember some. In fact, I specifically remember a sermon illustration that one of the preachers used.

He told us of owning a metal wagon as a child that had a problem with rust. One day, he took a can of spray paint and painted the rust spots on his wagon. It looked beautiful once again! However, over time, the rust came back. Why? Because he had not taken the necessary steps to address the real problem - the rust. The paint just covered it up. The preacher used that illustration to help us understand that sin cannot simply be covered up. It must be dealt with.

Right now, our society is dealing with a lot of "rust" - specifically racism. However, how our society is seeking to address this problem is really not addressing the problem it is merely covering it up.

For example...Quaker Oats is going to rename Aunt Jemima pancake syrup. And yet, the relatives of those women who were used as the models for Aunt Jemima oppose Quaker Oats' plans saying, "It is our history."

A petition has been started asking that the name of Lynchburg, VA be changed because it was named after John Lynch, even though John Lynch freed his own slaves during his lifetime and consistently supported the antislavery movement.

None of these things will do anything to address the underlying problem which is sin.

Please take a moment to watch this video from Answers in Genesis, The Biblical Response to the Current “Race” Issues Gripping Our Nation by Ken Ham. Ken Ham does an excellent job and it is worth taking the time to watch.

Then, sit down with your children and, using current events as a starting point, talk with them about sin and then tell them the wonderful news of Jesus Christ!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Click here to learn more about South Charlotte Baptist Academy where children will be taught a Biblical worldview which will enable them to live a godly life in a very un-godly world!

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