In the past thirty years or so it would appear to me that Christians have fallen away from the idea of evangelism. We have turned to the political arena, and there have been some good things happen from going to the polls and letting “our vote count”, and we must continue to do that. However, dependence upon the political to legislate change, moral change in particular has given us government out of control. We are gradually losing our freedom of speech, and will eventually lose it entirely.
The power of changing lives of individuals is solely in the hands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Forcing moral change through law has never worked, and never will. Paul the apostle wrote many years ago –
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 (KJV)
It would appear that we [Christians] have stopped believing in the power of the gospel of Christ. We place more hope in our government than in Christ. We have more confidence in the power of the president’s pen, than in the quiet, soft voice of the Spirit of God. We have more faith in the politicians power than the power of the Word of God.
Why do I say these things? We will strongly urge everyone, “Go and vote on election day”, but rarely do we say something like, “Be sure and tell someone about Jesus today, or this week”.
Let me give you a personal example. I am often asked, “What do ya know?”; and my answer is always disappointing to me. “Not much”. Though the question is often asked as a means of getting a conversation going it should give me the chance to tell what I do know about Jesus Christ, His life, death, burial, resurrection; and His second coming. Boy!!! would that be a conversation grabber. Now I know that everytime someone asks me “What do ya know?” they don’t really want to know what I know, but I should and could share with them anyway. I have responded a time or two, “Do really want to know?”
At any rate the hope of this world is not power, popularity, politics, or prestige. The hope of this world is Christ Jesus. Paul said he was not ashamed. No Christian will be ashamed of the very one who delivered and delivers us from our sin and eternal destruction.
Someone gave an acrostic for GOSPEL as God Offers Sinful People Eternal Life. That is what Jesus has done for us on His cross, and proved the power of the cross by the resurrection. He lives, and because He lives we live.
There is no power greater than the gospel of Jesus Christ. He possesses the power to change a murderer into one who loves life – his own and others lives. He empowers the child molestor to become a man or woman who loves children, and would never do anything to harm, molest, or torment them. He empowers the sexual deviant to become one who is moral, and respects his/her gender and the opposite gender in the correct, moral and Biblical manner. He empowers the sinner to become a lover of God, His Son, His Spirit and His Word; and live according to the directives of His Spirit and Word.
We must never forget that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. That means me, and that means you. That means all with one exception, and His name is Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God.
Let’s be faithful in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ; “it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes”; and it matters not what sin they have sinned. Legislate morality all you want, still lives are not changed until we meet Jesus, surrender our wills to His, and then we are changed with the desire to be like Him.
In answer to the question, “How Are We Doing?” It does not seem too well. We can do better. I can do better. God has not failed us. He will never fail us. As the Lord has told us in His Word,
“The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him” 2 Chronicles 16:9
Perfection is only through His Son Jesus. Believe on Him and live.
-Tim A. Blankenship