March 15, 2010
. . . evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it. 2 Timothy 3:13-14
There was a time when people used to write letters; that doesn't happen much anymore.
There used to be a time when Walter A. Maier, the first Speaker on The Lutheran Hour, got 50,000 letters a month. For many reasons, that doesn't happen anymore either.
Because people don't write, and because it's far faster and cheaper to e-mail someone, it's understandable why the U.S. Post Office is losing money. It's also right that Postmaster General John Potter would do his best to try and balance that budget.
To balance the budget is why he is proposing no Saturday mail delivery. If Congress blesses such an action, it could save the country $3.5 billion. Right now, it appears Congress is not prepared to give that go-ahead.
Did I hear you ask, "Why?"
Here's part of the answer: Congress thinks if the government doesn't deliver mail on Saturday, more people will go elsewhere to send their letters and packages. If that were to happen, we would have another big deficit and have to cancel another day's delivery.
Congress is afraid we will finally balance the Post Office budget when we get to the point where we aren't delivering mail on any days of the week.
You know Scripture is full of stories about people who have had a bad idea and, through a series of wrong choices, made the bad idea worse.
Adam and Eve's jealousy of God's wisdom led them to listen to Satan, which soon had them eating the forbidden fruit, which eventually had them hiding from their Creator The Children of Israel's dissatisfaction with Moses' leadership had them murmuring. Their complaining led to rebellion, which led to idolatry. David's lust led to adultery, and that adultery ended up with him becoming a murderer.
As Paul said to Timothy, evil people go from bad to worse.
We Christians ought to be different. We who have been washed in the Savior's blood should realize the best way to stop sin from escalating is not to commit that sin in the first place. After all, Satan can't take over if we never give him a foothold in our lives.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, You never fell victim to the devil's lies and the world's temptations. Because of Your perfect life, complete sacrifice, and glorious resurrection we are saved. Now, we ask that You will empower us so we might also flee sin and Satan. In Your Name Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries