The message is titled, it’s a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World. The level of confusion and angst in the USA has risen to an all-time high. Heated debate in politics, religion, and moral issues elevate tensions between reasonable people.
One of those issues is the topic of homosexuality and gender identification. The nations rage saying anything less than total support is bigoted and hateful. The church wrestles with what the Bible clearly says about these issues but does not want to be labeled as those who hate. In most cases, the church has reacted in one of two primary ways, total condemnation, or complete silence.
How do we show the love of Jesus to those that struggle with deep inner turmoil and not alienate them by showing special contempt for their particular sin?
Let’s take an honest look at the church, and at the world, and see what Christ would have us do?
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.