A Balance Church in an Unbalanced World
I read the story of a seminary professor who gave his ministerial students an assignment from Luke 10:30 the story of the Good Samaritan. He asked them to go to their places and to write a sermon on the "Good Samaritan" and the next day when they were preparing themselves to return to class he disguises as a drunken bum and put himself out on the steps of the seminary and not one of them stop to help him after all of them had prepared a sermon on the good Samaritan.
Also the story is told in the New Testament where a father came to Jesus who had a son who was taken with some kind of seizers and was either throwing himself into the fire and into the water.
He had absolutely no control and the father took his son to the disciples and the disciples couldn't do anything about it.
Later when the father came to Jesus he said I took my son to your disciples and they could not help him. And friend that is a sad commentary about our society but it also points to the church.
Chuck Colson recently said, "Three decades of seemly affluence has succeeded in only in sucking our culture dry leaving it spiritually empty, economically weaken. Our world is filled with self-absorbed frighten hollow people.
And in the midst of all of this Colson says we have the church, those who follow Christ and for the Church this ought to be our finest hour or opportunity.
The church alone can prove a moral vision to a wondering world. The Church alone can step into the vacuum and demonstrated to them there is a living God who is the source of truth.
But the Church Colson says is in almost as much trouble as the world because the Church has brought into the same value system as the world.
Henry Drummond once wrote, "How many prodigals are kept out of the Kingdom of God by the unlovely character of those who profess to be on the inside."
Friend we have got the responsibility in this generation to reesta ...
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