Never Too Old to Serve
Jude's epistle was intended primarily to deal with unregenerate church members. That seems like a totally inappropriate message for us as we celebrate our senior adults today. But I ask you this morning, who has it been, if not our Senior Adults, who have never grown weary of serving a risen Savior? Who is it, if not our Senior Adults, who have been the vanguards of the faith over these many years? Who is it, if not our Senior Adults, who have, as Jude appealed in his little epistle, earnestly contended for the faith? It is those Senior Adults gathered here this morning, and countless others on the beds of rest or the beds of affliction at home this morning who have heeded the warning of Jude and followed his admonition, never considering themselves too old to serve, too old to witness, or too old to share God's love.
Jude's message is one of priority. True, his message of priority concerned exposing unregenerate, unborn-again "church members," and warning against false teachers and self-serving leaders.
President Woodrow Wilson loved peace. He was the father of the League of Nations, yet his own Senate refused to ratify the treaty which would have given the U.S. membership. Their rejection of the League was one reason Wilson fell into a deep depression. Many think his disappointment and remorse finally led to his untimely death.
How well Wilson must have recalled the dreadful evening in April of 1917 when our nation had declared war on the Axis powers. Wilson desired freedom and peace for this nation, but war loomed on the horizon. President Wilson did not want to discuss it, or even to think about it. Yet, the unpleasant duty remained. On that April evening, with rain pelting the nation's capital, Wilson stood before Congress to read his message:
It is a dreadful thing to lead this great people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization seeming to be in ...
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