A few weekends ago, while riding the subway, I observed a young Muslim mother pushing a triple stroller through a subway car. Clutching tightly to her mothers’s dress was another little one. I don’t think she could have been much more than 5 years old. It was also apparent that the young mother was pregnant.
I paused to consider this young woman’s fertility alongside the American woman, distracted from truth, off fighting for her “right” to abort. From a sociological perspective, I absolutely do believe that there is a place for analyzing demographics in light of social trends, etc. However, the truth is that our best thinking does not have the answer to the world’s problems — the Gospel does.
I blame most of the social malaise in this country upon the preaching of a false Gospel. When so-called Christians are indistinguishable from the world, why should the enemies of Christ be afraid? Where are the Christians in politics? Where are the Christians in corporate America? Where are the Christians in science, and medicine, etc? If so-called ministers of the Gospel were really preaching a crucified Christ from the pulpit then there would be a Christian influence in places where we currently see such rampant corruption.
Yet, we are not without hope. For, I can’t help but wonder, if the failure to preach the Gospel has produced this, what do you think the preaching of the Gospel will do?
As I remember the young mother and little children I saw on the subway, I think about the implicatons of the Gospel message lighting one of those hearts aflame. According to Romans 1:16, “The Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes”! This is hardly a small matter! Instead of running from, what if we ran to a Muslim with the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ? For now, this is a free country!
Proverbs 10:5 says, “He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.” So long as there are those who walk in darkness among us, let it not be said that we have slept through our window of opportunity.
I am greatly challenged by the words of the Apostle Paul, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:14-20).
Let us, by God’s grace, overcome evil with good, and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:15b)