PASTOR'S PEN: Through the generations

The teens went into the room and looked at the objects on the table. One was obviously a speaker of some sort, but what was that other thing? “It’s a record!” one girl belted out with certainty. “No, it’s not a record. It’s a tape.” Many in high school and just about everyone in middle school have never seen a tape. To them it’s an antique; perhaps even worth some money.

8 tracks, records and tapes have since been replaced by CDs and mp3s. Many teens don’t even bother to purchase music at a physical store. It’s all done online and downloaded immediately to their phone, tablet or other multi-functional device. The method of playing music has changed dramatically over time, but the fact is that all people have a fascination with music, whether they are seniors in high school or seniors in life.

Some like the classical music of Mozart and Beethoven. Others prefer the country styling of Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. And still others rock out to Rise Against and Slash. Whatever your style, music reaches through the masses to bring a message and manipulate emotions. It’s a universal language through the ages.

The Bible is much like music. There are many different methods in which the message of the Bible is presented: lectures, conversation, small groups, movies, music, books, magazine articles and even acts of kindness with no words spoken whatsoever. But the message of the gospel (good news) is the same:

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you have received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

The forever message is how God loved us so much and wanted us be part of His family that Jesus Christ came to be tortured, die on a cross and rise again so we might become part of that family. That message may be presented through various methods, but will go on from generation to generation. The questions I have for you today are: No. 1 – What is your response to God’s message of love? and No. 2 – What method will you use today to share it with the next generation?