Where is the Gospel?

I had an interesting dream the other night. Now I am no prophet and I don’t say that there is anything more about my dream than a dream; still, I found it interesting and decided to share it with you.

I was in a small town of some kind, I would guess maybe a few thousand people judging by the map, but I will get to that a bit later. In my dream there was a plague or disease of some kind that was threatening to kill everyone.

The government reached out to the Christians, not for food or for medicine, or housing, for counselling or even wisdom. No, it was too late for that. The government was turning to the Christians because everyone was expected to die, and most were headed to Hell.

In a few hours we gathered together some 50 or 60 people ready and willing to go to all the people to bring them the Gospel. We looked at a map of the city and quickly marked every school, government building, and religious building in town. We were dismayed that most of the buildings marked were gathering places for cults or false preachers leading people to comfort in their damnation.

Finally we had a plan and were about to leave to do the work of the gospel. Just for kicks I turned to the person next to me and asked her to explain the Gospel. I found that not only could she not explain it but then most of the people in the room couldn’t.

Ladies and gentlemen, if a firefighter in uniform doesn’t know how to put out a fire, then they are under an obligation to learn. It is the job description for a firefighter to put out fires and it is no excuse if they don’t know how. In the same way, as a Christian is is our basic job description to proclaim the Law and the Gospel that some will turn to Christ for salvation. If we don’t know how then we are under a profound obligation to find out how.

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The Dress

There is a big debate going on these days about #TheDress, have you heard about that? If you haven’t heard about it, there is this dress design made in an unusual color so that some people see it as white and gold while others see it as blue and black. A lot of people are talking about it and magazines are writing articles and scientists are trying to explain why it looks different to different people. People are forming and breaking groups based on how they see this dress. I am sure it hasn’t hurt sales much either.

It reminds me of my years in politics. People will argue about some of this silliest things. Even many of the apparent big issues in politics keep people arguing to no end. Issues like marriage, immigration, the national debt, and real or imagined sexual escapades split this country neatly in two and keep people talking for years. There is nothing better than a good debate to keep people busy, to keep eyes and minds closed.

On average, 265,000 people will die today, most believing that they are good people and on their way to reward in the afterlife. Will I be one of them? Will you? The most important question you will face today is not whether the dress is blue, it is what will happen when your time comes.

Are you a good person? Lets find out…

  • How many times in your life have you lied?
  • How many times have you stolen? The value doesn’t matter, only the intention.
  • How many times in just the last week have you looked at someone with lust?

Jesus said that if you look with lust you have committed adultery in your heart. You entertained evil thoughts about someone whether or not you acted further on those thoughts.

I am not here to say that I am better than you. I too am guilty of this and so much more. I am hear to plead with you. Please listen to what God has to say. Do you stand guilty, as I do?

If God gives you justice for these things would He send you to heaven or to hell? God declares in the bible that all liars have their place in the lake that burns with fire, that no thief or adulterer shall enter the kingdom of heaven.

Some people will hear this and they will throw up their hands to say that what happens happens and that if God will judge them then that is just how it will be. God will judge, but there is a reason that He has told us ahead of time what the standard will be. There is wrath to come, but He warns you to flee from it and has provided a means of escape.

Two thousand years ago God became a man named Jesus who lived about 30 years without breaking any of God’s laws. Then, though He was innocent, He faced God’s wrath as He voluntarily received your just punishment and mine as He died on a Roman cross. Then He rose from the grave to defeat death. He declared that all who put their trust in Him would receive the reward of His innocence just as He received the reward for our crimes.

So I plead with you, and God commands you to repent and trust Him. That is a fancy word that means to stop looking to yourself and start looking at Him, it is a turning of yourself to Him. If you do that He says that He will give you a new heart and a new mind so that you will love what He loves and hate what He hates, a change that the bible calls being born again.

Time is short and the bible says that today is your day of salvation if you will trust Christ, if you will turn to Him in humility. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. You and I could meet our judge today, then it will be too late? Will you place your trust in your own goodness, such as it is, or in the God who was so kind as to save you from an eternity in the pit of fire? Only you can decide, I pray that He will give you the grace to make the right choice.