Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:
If aliens were to ever arrive on planet Earth, it surely wouldn’t take them very long to discern that humankind is somehow flawed. They would observe our wars, gang murders, drug addition, pornography and theft. If they were able to log into social media, they would sadly get a huge dose of our anger and division.
While the aliens would also see selfless acts of love and mercy and parents loving their children, they would still probably conclude that, on earth, might makes right, and he that has the gold makes the rules. The galactic equivalent of Disney would be forced to write-off Earth as an exciting new tourist destination.
Jesus came and “pitched His tent” among us to fulfill God’s plan to redeem us. In our baptism, He calls us into new ownership. No longer are we bound to obey our sinful nature and are powerless in the face of an evil and demanding task-master. We are under New Management.