An Evangelical Church in the Heart of Thatcham

Which side of the moon?

I want you to picture a day where God, without any warning, decides that mankind will have to vacate the planet. Very kindly he makes provision for the moon to become inhabitable. Imagine too, that God sets up three lunar districts: the near side, the far side and the dark side. As the estate agent description has it, the near side is that which is turned toward the earth, the far side that which is permanently turned away and the dark side that part not currently illuminated by the sun.

Now God does not merely distribute people randomly but rather according to their prior attitude toward him. All those finding themselves over on the far side are those who chose to position God behind their backs where they cannot see him and where they will not think on him or live with reference to him. Those on the near side are those who have lived acknowledging God and necessarily living in the light of his truth in Jesus Christ as laid out in the pages of the Bible.

But what about those in the dark side? Why, in fact, would there even be another district at all? Well these are those who know the truth and have accepted it but even so still live in the way of the old life.

The apostle Paul writes:

“…count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” Romans 6 verses 11-12 Apparently, at least according to the estate agent, both the far side and the dark side are way overcrowded. So which district will be me and which you?

I am the Pastor at Thatcham Evangelical Church in West Berkshire. This is an FIEC (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches) affiliated church.