Toto, We Are Not In Kansas Anymore
I was watching an old Dick Van Dyke show a few nights ago. For some of you the mention of that show brings memories of other shows like Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons, I Love Lucy and Father Knows Best. If these mean nothing to you then you are very young. But these shows remind us and represent to us a world that seems to have almost vanished. They rekindle in us the memory of a society and a culture that has almost disappeared from our consciousness. It was by no means a perfect world and it was certainly not a Christian culture, but it was a culture that was dominated by civility and a Christian sense of virtue that was woven into the fabric of our society.
That is not exactly how I would describe the world today.
No matter how different, divergent, or dangerous the world is today the good news is that Jesus relates in all time zones. He is not a detached analyst of our problems. He understands the dilemma of mankind and He is here to provide the answer for man's deepest longings and biggest need. The incarnation - Christmas - was the greatest evidence of God's desire to communicate with man. And we are to incarnate the Love of Jesus, providing the music of the gospel as we seek to share the message of the gospel.
Our assignment is to exegete the culture, translate the message and communicate Christ to a lost and dying world. Our mission is to Make Disciples!
If you want to be relevant then speak things that are eternal and you will be eternally relevant. The person of Jesus is eternal. The work of Jesus is essential. The gift of Jesus is available. Who will you tell this week?
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,