31 Days: A Modern Day Babel {Day 11}

This is day 11 of the Write 31 days October challenge.  I’m using Five Minute Friday‘s one word prompts this year and tying my posts to a hymn of the Christian faith.   For the rest of my posts click on the landing page.   Today’s word is remember.

Racism.

Shootings.

Donald Trump.

Wars.

Arguments about the Confederate history of America.

add Harvey Weinstein to the list.

These are topics I’ve seen in the news recently.   The media sensationalizes news because drama sells.  Then people who have no first hand knowledge of situations chime in with their right answers because somehow they believe they are wiser than those who get paid to figure it out.  Out of one side of the mouth people make judgements, out of the other they say “don’t judge me.”

Sean McDowell spoke to a group of young people and their parents gathered in East Tennessee last May.  He schooled us.  He reminded us that it’s not about winning the argument. It’s not about equal rights for women or blacks, Hispanics or gays.  It’s not about convincing the atheist that God exists.

It’s about lost souls.

We need to remember that it’s about the Gospel.

It's not about winning the argument; it's about lost souls that need the Gospel Click To Tweet

I’ll take Mr. McDowell’s thoughts further:

It’s not about creed, color or even doctrine as long as we stand firm on the common tenants of the faith that are necessary to belief in that gospel.  For example, believing in Jesus as fully God and fully man and not just as a great teacher is essential to saving faith.

The Gospel is the perfect, sinless only begotten Son of God on the cross instead of me or you.

When we are drawn to him we’ll no longer desire to live a sinful lifestyle.  We’ll be compelled to turn from sin in our lives.  Some of those sins may take a lifetime to overcome.  Some may never be overcome.  Conviction produces healthy guilt.  Not false guilt given by the enemy, but conscience pricking guilt that brings sorrow when we fail.

There is evangelism.  Plain and simple.

TIME

Racial reconciliation won’t come as we stand around arguing about the issue, wars will not be stopped because of a better way, having our opinions is one thing, but causing more hate and discourse with them is not the answer.  but rather when we, in word, or deed, present the Gospel.   When we repent of our own sin and present this idea to others we find freedom and so can they.

racial reconciliation won't come by hating more; but in the Gospel alone Click To Tweet

I fear we’ve built a modern day babel.  Language is not the problem, skin color is.  Yes, Sunday is the most segregated hour of the week.  People on both sides refuse to bend, but when religion becomes more than a checklist the Gospel can permeate hearts.  That’s when true change will happen.

when religion becomes relationship the Gospel can permeate hearts and change will happen Click To Tweet

We must stop arguing with each other and begin looking past skin color.  We must find our common ground in Jesus Christ and the Gospel, for the Gospel is the only thing that saves.

We will find common ground and look beyond all else only when our eyes are on Jesus.

There's a call comes ringing over the restless wave
"Send the light! Send the light!"
There are souls to rescue there are souls to save
Send the light! Send the light!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light
Let it shine from shore to shore!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light
Let it shine forevermore!

We have heard the Macedonian call today
"Send the light! Send the light!"
And a golden offering at the cross we lay
Send the light! Send the light!

Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound
"Send the light! Send the light!"
And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found
Send the light! Send the light!

Let us not grow weary in the work of love
"Send the light! Send the light!"
Let us gather jewels for a crown above
Send the light! Send the light!


2 Comments

  • Tara

    10/11/2017 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Thought provoking post. I’ve been reflecting on these words “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

    • Christy

      10/11/2017 at 5:55 pm Reply

      Thanks Tara! It’s something that I’ve been mulling over for some time. I believe it’s a very complex doctrine.

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