This is the logo that Synod is using to promote the National Youth Gathering to be held in Langley, BC in July 2019.
What is your first reaction when you read this? If you study it for a bit – does that reaction change?
Here’s the official explanation for the theme and logo – please read it through and see if it changes your mind. If it it does change your mind, when does that happen?
Are we actually worthless? Well, that depends on your perspective. If you look at it from your own perspective, there are two questions to ponder: What do you have to offer God? and What you can do to make yourself worthy before God? The answer is nothing. There is nothing you can do to make yourself worthy before God, and nothing you have to offer God that makes you valuable. The only thing you bring to the table is your sin. You cannot save yourself from that sin. So, from that perspective, you could see that, in fact, you are worthless in God’s presence as you stand before him a poor, miserable sinner (1 Timothy 1:15). If you look at it from God’s point of view, you will see that He created you (Psalm 139:13-14), and He redeemed you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the price for your sins on the cross, that price being His life. In the logo, you see the cross within the word “worthless,” and we’re reminded of the blood He shed for us with the use of red lettering. Our theme verse is Romans 5:8 because it tells you that you are not worthless “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The King of Kings died for you, while you stood there in your sin, proving that “there is NOTHING you are worth less than!”
Here’s what Romans 5:8 says: –
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I’ll be writing a follow-up piece to this and expect to have it out in a day or so.