The message is titled, You May Say I’m a Dreamer. The third message in our series will focus on the debate between Capitalism and Socialism and what the Bible teaches about them both.
In our culture, Socialism is offered as the government enforced answer to poverty, inequality, greed, and the abuse of power, helping people to live more fulfilled lives, while Capitalism is offered as an opportunity to achieve, grow, and enjoy the rewards of hard work, risk, and self-reliance, without too much government interference or help, so people can live fulfilled lives.
One creates an environment where freedom may lead to abuse, the other an environment where control and protections may lead to the loss of freedom. Which is better? Do they both have a point to make?
The message was titled, Old Man Take a Look at My Life. John the Baptist preached a message calling the children back to the fathers, and the fathers back to the children. There was a gap or division in the first century, much as there is today. A gap between young and old – rich and poor – Gentile and Jew – men and women. John preached Jesus as the gap closer, and He still is.
Today we are as divided as ever, conflicts and divisions abound. When John preached in the 1st century, his mission was to prepare the way for Christ. So, we see that part of getting ready for the return of Christ is to not only have a right heart with God but also be in right relationship with people.
There is a little secret tucked away in an old Neil Young song called Old Man - I can't wait to share it with you. This message will be an insightful look into our interpersonal relationships giving us one simple truth that will help close the gap and heal division and conflict and help us to see people we disagree with in a different light.