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Good Morning Pioneer Baptist!

This is the year that we each have a “2020 vision.”

Yes, we’re seeing all kinds of things, and many that we wish we were not seeing, but we are! We’d rather not see people dying of COVID-19, we'd rather not see our cities burned and looted by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, we'd rather not see the divisiveness between and among the races within America, we’d rather not see police stations attacked and police officers berated and assaulted, we’d rather not see churches and Christian schools fined thousands of dollars a day because they exercise United States constitutional rights, and we’d rather not see public parks permits denied to Christian groups while secular groups meet with impunity and sometimes bad intentions. And yes, we do want to see equal justice, regardless of race, creed, color, and sexual orientation. It’s all a part of this year’s “2020 vision.”

But is this all too much for us to take in and process? Is there a danger that our “2020 vision” could suffer from myopia? Are we becoming nearsighted (shortsighted), and could this hinder us from acting prudently, even putting our Biblical vision out of focus? 2 Peter 1:9 speaks to this very thing “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” Spiritual myopia! In context, Peter is talking about things the Christian should have in his growth since we have escaped via the new birth the corruption that is in the world. With this, we ought to have among our character traits diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. These ought to abound in every Christian. But again, we ask, could our “2020 vision” suffer from a myopia attack?

God has told us so much in His Word. We are to face tribulation with faith (God knows what He is doing!) And “No, we are not in that seven year Tribulation Period that God speaks of.” Yes, the year 2020 is very bad, but it’s nothing compared to the Tribulation Period! Just read the book of The Revelation, checking out the Seal, Trumpet, and Vial judgments, and you’ll see for yourself that the year 2020 is not the Tribulation Period. Things are bad right now, but they’ll get better before they get worse. How do I know? The Bible tells me so.

We walk by faith. We trust God either to take us through, or to take us home, and Romans 14:8 sets it straight, affirming “… For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.”

This has to be our daily “2020 vision.” This must be our ultimate focus. In the end, 2020 God Vision is to know that this life with all of its heartaches, all of its headaches, and all of its trials, is extremely brief. Its eternity that’s long, and there won’t be any COVID-19 in Heaven, and Church will forever be in session!

That’s “2020 Vision!”

Love to you all,

Pastor

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