Principal’s Pen: Identity theft-proof

Identity theft is the world’s fastest growing crime. Government websites, online financial records, and other secure databases are vulnerable. In the hands of identity thieves, stolen personal information can be used to apply for loans, credit cards, and government benefits. Identity theft is serious. Last year, it cost Americans $16 billion!

Before the world experienced this type of identity theft, a different kind occurred. More destructive and far-reaching than cyber theft, this identity theft affects every human. Tragically, its effects are eternal.

snake_15215cThis identity theft first occurred in the Garden of Eden when Satan stole God’s holy image from humans. Satan convinced the first man and woman that God was holding back from them. His line, “Did God really say,” (Genesis 3:1) drove a sinful wedge between God and humankind. The once perfect knowledge of God and his holy will was eternally gone—stolen by Satan. With this loss, the joy of serving God was gone. Life would now be a daily scenario of sinful, self-survival with no hope of self-rescue or self-renewal.

God, however, would not allow it to end this way. He intervened and promised restoration through his Son’s perfect life, innocent suffering, and death. Through faith in Christ, all believers would enjoy holiness and righteousness. God the Father even declared his approval for his Son’s perfect atonement by raising him from the dead.

Christ’s resurrection at Easter foreshadows our resurrection. His resurrection is God’s sure sign to all believers that our identity as God’s children is fully restored. Jesus paid this cost to reestablish us as “fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household” (Ephesians 2:19). This is Easter’s promise.

No one can steal it from us—ever!

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Principal’s Pen: Seeing Absolutely

vision_7600cIt’s said that beauty is in the “eye of the beholder.” Since one’s view is relative, what he considers beautiful, good, or right is often his opinion.

This is the world’s thinking. It believes that beauty or right are found in anything if it doesn’t undermine something else. There are no absolutes. After all, it’s in the “eye of the beholder.”

Christians know and follow the absolutes of God’s Word. They know relative truth is wrong. When they express God’s unchanging views, the world labels them and their words as judgmental, cliquey, or intolerant. The world tells them that right and wrong vary by location, time, and situation. After all, it’s in the “eye of the beholder.”

Before his crucifixion, Jesus prepared his disciples for his death. He said, “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices” (John 16:20).

Indeed, the world would celebrate Jesus’ death. His teachings countered the prevailing thoughts of his day. His foes would not accept or tolerate what he identified as sinful. Therefore, they viewed his arrest, torture, and murder as the right thing. To them, “he had no beauty or majesty” (Isaiah 53:2). To them, he was wrong.

But, Jesus pointed his disciples past that dark time when their “grief [would] turn to joy” (John 16:20). His death produced life when he victoriously rose. Joy would come to all who behold him as their Savior by faith.

Are things really in the “eye of the beholder?” Certainly, views on earthly matters are sometimes relative since the beholder determines their value.

However, Christians view all things by faith through God’s Word. Right and wrong are absolutes. Through Christ, our eyes behold the truth. Through Christ, we see light, life, and salvation.

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Principal’s Pen: Comfort Amid Discord

Principal's MessageToday, America is disunited. The uncooperative spirit among our people has cultivated national dysfunctionality and strife.

God warns that in the final days “people will be lovers of themselves….boastful, proud…ungrateful, unholy” (2 Timothy 3:2). Our Savior also alerts us, “There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again” (Matthew 24:21).

It’s unsettling, but it’s the reality of life.

In the midst of discord and disunity come God’s comforting assurances. His writers warn us of the worst. But, they also encourage us to trust his promises.

2 Peter 3:18First, God encourages us to live holy lives. “Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away….Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:17-18). By faith, we serve God and our fellowmen. We glorify him when we demonstrate Christlike love for others.

Secondly, he encourages us to grow spiritually stronger. Good works are not a Means of Grace. Rather, they come from saving faith. They are spiritual exercise to strengthen us. Just as weightlifters train their muscles, exercising our faith through godly living trains us to “walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2).

It is unlikely that our nation will easily overcome its current societal disarray.

Thank God for his comforting Word that guides us in these trying times. By faith, we serve him and others following Christ’s example of humility, love, and service.

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org