According to the mass of religious info I have received over the last week or so, the world ended on June 25 and 26, 2015. I admit to being saddened by the judgments on those two days. But, in reality, there is nothing all that new. The government, as do all governments over time, swiped another few pieces of our dwindling liberties and common decency.
In light of this people want to fight, lynch or slink off to a cave and hide while awaiting the Battle of Armageddon. I think I have a better, an even biblical idea. Let’s do what the early church did, focus on the church about our own lives that surely need some serious scrutiny.
Most of the New Testament was written while Nero was Emperor. His name is not mentioned in the NT. His debauched actions are denounced, though they, according to Romans 1, had been around since the infamous days of Noah. Jesus warned in Mt 24:37 "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” And so it was in our Lord’s time on Earth.
And so it is in our time. What to do? Simple! Follow the example of Christ, the Apostles and the early church. See if this simple statement from a man about his Dad adds some insight as to How We Then Should Live:
"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
Clarence Budington Kelland
God knew that when the people that are called by His name acted as such, then the message of the Gospel would explode in the hearts and minds of even the vilest heathen, and they would be converted. All the screaming, name calling and other forms of vitriol is not going to change one heart, one mind. I must say that in our time, more gospel has been preached, more truth taught than at any prior era. Yet, it for the most part has fallen, and is falling, on deaf ears.
Years ago a story made the rounds positing that a young child asked his father, “Dad, what is a Christian?” The father then explained a Christian as a person who had a personal relationship with Jesus and lived an exemplary life and named some of the qualities of such a life. The child then asked, “Dad, have we ever seen a Christian?”
Clarence Budington Kelland may be on to something we should give a try. The world needs to see a Christian.
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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