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From Your Pastor’s Heart: Please help. I’m stuck here.

Categories: news and events,Pastors Blog

“Please help. I’m stuck in here.”

From the news desk (July 13, 2017, Corpus Christi, AP):

A Texas man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape, police said on Thursday. The Corpus Christi police lieutenant Chris Hooper said the contractor became stuck on Wednesday when he was changing the lock to a Bank of America room that leads to the ATM. “Apparently he left his cellphone and the swipe card he needed to get out of the room outside in his truck,” Hooper said.

The contractor then passed notes through the ATM receipt slot to customers retrieving cash, imploring them to call his boss. One read: “Please help. I’m stuck in here.”

You might think that it is odd to print a silly little article like this, but I saw it in a daily devotional that I receive via email (www.denisonforum.org). It made me think about how many people are stuck in their sin. If we are honest, most are familiar with that helpless feeling when it comes to that “certain” sin (Hebrews 12:1). For those of us who have been saved, we know the sweet freedom of forgiveness (Galatians 5:1). But for most of the world’s population, they’re left to stick notes through the key hole. Little cries for help. Longing for escape. Grasping for answers. This is what is happening in this latest evolution of the sexual revolution called the transgender issue. The confusion is palpable and is being encouraged by the increasingly intolerant tolerance of the world. Decisive, scientific arguments will never win the day (see evolution). Legislation will not be the answer either, because of the relativism that permeates our truth culture. What we are left with are appeals to the heart. Sin has deceived our hearts to a degree that has rendered them un-trustworthy guides (Jeremiah 17:9). The Good News of the gospel is that we have a remedy for this dysfunction, a cure for the disease. It took the man several attempts to get the ATM customers to take his pleas for help seriously. Maybe there are those around us who are attempting to get our attention. It might manifest in rebellious, destructive behavior, or in unexplainable responses and choices. If God’s people saw people the way He sees them, we would be more likely to pick up on their messages and take them seriously. We would be less likely to judge their mess and more willing to share with them the Christ who died for their mess.

Who is trying to get your attention today?

Faithfully Yours,
Bro. David