Pastor’s Blog: When Two Worlds Collide

Pastor’s Blog: When Two Worlds Collide

 “Your world was made up of things sweet and good
My world could never fit in wish it could
Two hearts lie in shambles and oh how they’ve cried
That’s what happens when two worlds collide”

(Jim Reeves, 1923-1964)

     Gentleman Jim Reeves, a country singer, was killed in a private plane crash just before his 41st birthday. This song has been recorded by many singers and was included about twenty years ago on a duet album from John Prine and Iris Dement. Country lyrics like these capture people in a few words.

Bible teacher Harry Wendt does the same thing with his line: “It’s not so much that we break God’s Law, but that we break God’s heart.” Never were those words truer than today. One cop kneels on the neck of an unarmed black man while three others do not intervene, and George Floyd dies. People with a political agenda and those with the souls of ravenous sharks latch on to the moment and turn it into utter chaos. Guilty liberal white people respond in a predictably thoughtless way by making excuses for inexcusable behavior. That’s what happens when two worlds collide. Not black and white but God’s world and the one hostile to God.

Do black lives matter? Of course, they do. Sadly, unborn black lives haven’t mattered to the abortion industry and its greasy-palmed barkers in the halls of power. Twenty million of the sixty million aborted since Roe v. Wade were black. It’s not for no reason that abortion clinics are “conveniently” located next to largely poor black neighborhoods. We hear nothing about that from kneeling Nancy and her ridiculously-attired congressional colleagues. Kente cloth stoles for the priests of sacramental abortion?

Do black lives matter? Of course, they do. Sadly, the lives of black cops killed in the line of duty and that of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn don’t matter to the BLM narrative. Do black lives matter? Of course, they do. Sadly, the black lives of those left to pick up the pieces in neighborhoods burned by BLM and Antifa criminals don’t matter to the ridiculous panderers in Hollywood rushing to bail out of jail the people destroying the neighborhoods and businesses of minority owners.

Just one telling snapshot from Austin TX from which we moved in 2004. Three white rioters are attacking on video a black Travis County sheriff’s deputy. Yeah, black lives really matter to them. Meanwhile, corporate America is pouring dollars into the pockets of those tearing apart cities with a message that will never heal. And all of it is based on a lie, because unarmed white men are twice as likely to be shot by police as unarmed black men. But never let the facts get in the way of a popular narrative. That’s what happens when two worlds collide.

If you are a Christian, all lives matter. Holy Baptism provides the only identity regardless of skin pigment, biological sex, socioeconomic status, and country of origin or native tongue. If you are a Christian, your life is like an onion. Layer by layer of other loyalties, other stories, other identities, other loves, and other worlds must be peeled away and shed. For, you see, you have been crucified with Christ. Your old self is, like that of your unbaptized neighbors, the walking dead. It goes into the grave and doesn’t get resurrected.  If that offends you, well, before the Truth sets you free, it ticks you off!

If you are a Christian, your old life is on a daily collision course with the life of the Holy Trinity. One of those worlds will survive. Yours won’t. If you are a Christian, the cause celebre, the cause du jour is dead.

St Matthew's Pastor Sam Zumwalt

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The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt has worked in churches for 44 years and in May 2020 celebrated the 39th anniversary of his ordination to the holy ministry. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Trinity (www.societyholytrinity.org). In 2004, Pr. Zumwalt moved with his family to Wilmington from Texas, where he served for 23 years as pastor of small, midsize, and large congregations.