A recent survey indicates that a majority of young people do not know about, or actively doubt, the reality of the Holocaust. This hideous crime, which was worldwide knowledge only 75 years ago, has been forgotten by many. Probably the greater evils of Stalin and Mao are even less well known.
As a consequence, many young people support policies that would give more power to government to achieve favored ends, but their ignorance of history does not allow them to weigh potential benefits against the millions who died in just the last 100 years under regimes that exercised dictatorial power. It is the job of parents and schools to communicate this important knowledge but the survey shows that we do not always succeed.
Even more worrying is another recent survey indicating that many Christians do not understand the basic truth that we are saved from sin, evil and death not by our own merits but by the free gift of God, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a consequence, many believe that if they live pretty good lives then God will surely favor them. This weak theology evaporates in the face of distraction and hardship. It is the job of organized religion to preserve and communicate this important knowledge but the survey shows that we do not always succeed.
At Saint Barnabas we are not perfect, but we strive to teach Christian truth, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived 2000 years ago, but we all need to remember that his life, death and resurrection are the most important events in the history of the world. Do you want to know why? Please join us and see how your life can become more peaceful through deeper knowledge of God.
There are two ways that you can explore these truths on Sunday. At 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. we have drive through Eucharist at the red doors in the front of the church. At 10:00 a.m. we have worship inside the church. Masks and social distancing are required while inside the church. Join us in either service to grow in your understanding of eternal truths.
The members of St. Barnabas