Welcome to 2021! I’m guessing most of us are relieved to be past 2020 because of the craziness and uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of us are also hopeful that this year will be better and that many things will return to normal, or at least somewhat normal. At Mount Olive most of us look forward to the day we can gather to worship, grow, serve and fellowship together once again.
But, there is one “normal” I’d like to see change. Why does the world around us and the life we live not look anything like the reality Jesus talked about? Why is there no significant difference between the lives of those who call themselves Christians and the rest of the world? What kind of a witness can we be in this world if we simply look the same as everyone else? What can we do? Rather than shrugging it off, isn’t it time to change people’s perceptions about the followers of Jesus Christ?