This morning the guy from Simplex Grinnell was here to test our fire alarms in the church building. As our keyboardist and I were about to rehearse the music for tonight’s Lenten service…Holden Evening Prayer…they all went off. I can gladly report that our fire alarms work exceedingly well, so well in fact that it becomes impossible to think, let alone do anything, while they’re blaring. It got me to thinking. Wouldn’t it be great if one of those alarms would go off in our head just before we do something that violates the standards of God, before we do something sinful? Or goes off when we don’t do what we are commanded? That would save us from a lot of trouble. Truth be told, we do have a built in alarm system. It’s called a conscience. God has written His law on our heart and placed them in our head so that we can follow him. That’s another of the wonderful gifts that He gives us. Just like the fire alarms at church though the system needs to be kept in proper working order. Our alarm system (conscience) is maintained by studying and meditating on God’s teaching, the Word, on knowing it, and regularly using it. The other part is paying attention to and obeying it. This morning we all knew that it was just a test, but had that not been the case we would have been properly warned to leave the building. The decision to follow through on that would be up to us, our will. Had that alarm gone on more than the minute or so that it did…This message would not have been forthcoming!
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009