St. Paul United Church of Christ
“To do, or not to do? That is (also) the question.” I probably should apologize for modifying such a famous quotation, but it seemed a good way to broach the topic of temptation.
Resisting temptation is a familiar topic for church members. Pastors are skilled in the ways of telling their members all the temptations they should resist …all of the evils they should leave undone – or unspoken. It’s a common theme with many good Biblical examples to use as illustrations…and it certainly is a valid message we all need to hear from time to time.
In this brief message, however, I’d like to put a “twist” on that theme. Usually, the warning is to resist the temptation to do the things we shouldn’t do. I’d like to call our attention to some things we’re tempted NOT to do that we really should do! Confused? Let me clarify the idea for you. On a beautiful summer Sunday morning, you might look out your window and be tempted NOT to attend church. The beautiful countryside might beckon to you, or the siren song of the golf course might be ringing in your ears. Please try to resist those temptations, and join us for worship. Hopefully, you’ll find some word or song that will make the day even more beautiful and enjoyable than that drive through the countryside. In the same way, when we ask for volunteers for a program or event this summer, please resist the temptation to ignore the request and do nothing, for you’ll be missing a very rewarding experience. The fellowship shared as we work together can be very enriching.
Please try to find time in your busy summer schedules for sharing in the worship and work of St. Paul Church. We’re here throughout the summer to offer spiritual nourishment and encouragement. Please join us as often as you can. If you are traveling, keep us in your thoughts and prayers, for you will be in ours. Travel safely, worship wherever you might be, and return as soon as possible, for we will miss you. Have a blessed summer!“To do, or not to do? That is (also) the question.” I probably should apologize for modifying such a famous quotation, but it seemed a good way to broach the topic of temptation.
Rev. Carl Pelzer