Views from the Pews Column with Pastor Alex Appiah

Pastor Alex Appiah.
Pastor Alex Appiah.

We live in times of great distress and uncertainty. Our news continues to be dominated by horrific stories of barbarism – senseless acts of cruelty that defy all human decency and logic.

Recent examples include the acts of terrorism in Germany and France. One may ask the perpetrators of such terrorist acts fuelled by an evil religious ideology “what do you gain by slaughtering innocent people, nuns and an 86 years old priest?”

Many people are wondering what is going on and what is happening in our world today? There are political and economic uncertainties both on either side of the Atlantic.

People are worried about how is life going to be like post-Brexit negotiations with the EU. What would the world be like if Donald Trump becomes the president of the world’s super power?

In all of these turbulent and uncertain times, there are three certainties that each one of us need to think about and take decisions, which should shape how we live our lives. Let me start by quoting what King David said: “Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world, both low and high, rich and poor alike: My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.” - Psalm 49:1-3 NIV

Certainty No.1: Death - Like all living creatures, no matter our position, beliefs, outlook or view of life, it is certain that we will all die one day! Every living thing either through the natural process of ageing (senescence), disease or accidental damage will die, and cease from physical existence.

The wise man had this to say regarding death: “Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other...” - Ecclesiastes 3:19 NIV.

Because death is inevitable, we should all be careful about how we live and treat each other.

Certainty No.2: Judgement - Accountability is inevitable and a vital component of our human existence.

Everyone is accountable to someone: children to their parents, students to their teachers, workers to their bosses, company bosses to their shareholders, politicians to their electorates and ultimately, all of us to God, the Creator of the Universe!

The Bible emphatically tells us that we shall die and afterwards face the judgement of God one day.

“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” - Hebrews 9:27-28 NIV.

We should consequently be mindful of our decisions and actions because we shall face the judgement of God, our maker.

Certainty No.3: Christ’s return - The Bible says clearly that Jesus Christ will return one day to judge the dead and the living.

The world as we see it will not continue as it is forever. A day is coming when Christ will come back as He promised His disciples.

He said: “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” - Revelation 22:12-13 NIV.

Since Christ’s return is eminent, we must always remain alert and be ready for we don’t know when He will come. My advice to all who hold positions of power and exercise authority over people is this, please remember, there is a greater and higher power you would bow and answer to one day, the just Judge of all, Jesus Christ.

My question to you dear reader is: Do you know Jesus as your Saviour and will your anchor hold in the storms of life? I recommend Jesus as a friend and certainty for your life today.

Once again, thank you!