Midweek Wake-Up, October 31st, 2018
We live in interesting times, don’t we? The church in the western world is being increasingly marginalized with a growing hostility towards gospel truth. How should we respond? Should we simply accommodate our message to the world around us? Or perhaps we should just keep quiet? Or perhaps we should simply retreat into our shrinking Christian ghetto? It’s tempting! But the message of the gospel has always been offensive to many and at times controversial. And the challenge of the apostle Paul is that we should never be ashamed of the gospel (Rom 1:16).
In our Sunday morning elective we’ve been considering how the church arrived at the place we find ourselves in today and how we should respond. Last Sunday morning we considered a quote from the English evangelist, Rico Tice. Here is what Rico says:
“There is increasing hostility to the gospel message. But there is something else going on, too. There is also increased hunger. The same rising tide of secularism and materialism that rejects truth claims and is offended by absolute moral standards is proving to be an empty and hollow way to live………..you’re more and more likely to find people quietly hungering for the content of the gospel, even as our culture teaches them to be hostile towards it.”
I don’t know about you, but this rings so true to my conversations with many folks.
So these are interesting times. Interesting, but also exciting times. Regardless of how folks initially respond the people around us still need to hear the gospel (Romans 10: 14-15). However, perhaps many folks are more open to hearing the “great news” then we realize. When was the last time you clearly shared the gospel message with somebody that culminated in a call for repentance and faith in Christ? After all, in a world of confusion and hurt, it is the best possible message that anyone can ever hear.