Just the other day I saw a bumper sticker stating, “In Science We Trust.”  Science consists of human interpretations and conclusions based on human observations.  God gave us our senses and intends for us to use them to increase our understanding of the world he made with the goal of making use of that understanding to his glory.  That is inherent in the Lord’s command to Adam and Eve to “subdue the earth and rule over it” (Genesis 1:28).  In the light of and in submission to God and his word, science serves a good purpose.
In the past two centuries, however, science has become the new idolatry.  The idols fashioned by human hands out of wood, stone, or metal have given way to what has been fashioned by the human mind: a universe without a Maker; life forms without a Designer; a morality without a lawgiver.  Since God cannot be directly touched, measured or seen, (Even though the work of his hands can be clearly seen.)  many human minds conclude he must not exist.  Trusting God involves trusting what is unseen.  Trusting science involves trusting what is seen.
When God’s chosen people, Israel, shifted their trust from the unseen to the seen, he pointed them to the inability of the works of their hands to help them.  “All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless” (Isaiah 44:9).  Their visible idols were powerless to rescue them from pestilence, disease and foreign invaders.
The current pandemic has brought science to the forefront and has served to put science in its proper place.  Based on our best human observances, conclusions and remedies people continue to die from COVID-19 as they do from many other causes.  Ultimately science proves two rules.
Rule #1 - People die.
Rule #2 - Science and medicine can’t change rule #1.  
Only Scripture can explain the “why” behind rules 1 & 2.  The curse of sin.  “Dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19).  Just as Scripture alone explains the “why” behind death only Scripture provides the solution:
“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.
I, even I, am the LORD,
and apart from me there is no Savior.”  (Isaiah 43:10-11)
As the impotence of the gods of science, medicine and material things becomes more apparent, the world reels in deepening shock and despair.  But God has put us where we are to direct the people around us to his Son.  In Christ, sin has lost its power and death its sting. In Christ, we utilize science to be good stewards of our health while boldly fulfilling our callings.  May God strengthen us to be examples of trust and calm during these trying days for those living in fear and panic around us.
Speaking of God’s wisdom, by his grace our MN District schools are experiencing a tremendous uptick of inquiries and enrollments from the community.  These are precious blood-bought souls who will hear of the One who is their Rock and Redeemer for at least the next nine months.  May the Holy Spirit renew their hearts and minds to say with us, “In God We Trust”.
In Christ,
Dennis Klatt
District President of the Minnesota District of the WELS
New Sermon Series & Virtual Worship
We began a new sermon series this past Sunday - on the lives of Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph - from Genesis 25-50.  The purpose in hearing these stories about these men is not to learn what to do or what not to do, but rather to see how the LORD dealt with them.  
If you are not able to worship with us on Sundays and Mondays, please make time for you and your family to worship at home using our church's virtual worship services which are found HERE,
If you're coming to in-person worship, we'd really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up, just so we can keep track of our attendance.  You can do so HERE.   By the way, this coming Sunday and Monday are the fifth Sundays and Mondays, so there is no communion.  
Him + Her - Contemporary Christian Musicians In Concert
Him + Her, a WELS couple who perform contemporary Christian music, will perform a concert at First Lutheran on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 PM.  
This concert is free, sponsored by the ladies of Immanuel Lutheran Church on South Ridge.
You may see and hear a sample of the type of music they perform HERE and HERE.

God Be With You Till We Meet Again!

Pastor Mark