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Church Message

Whose Mission Is It Really?
By Ronald Gallagher
CHURCH DIRECTORY

Church message imageChurch sponsors jul17I’m not surprised that some people have quit watching or reading news reports altogether. We may not know exactly what shocking new images will be shoved in our face on any given day, but we can be confident that whatever they turn out to be, they will have been carefully selected and edited to make us feel anxious, enraged, horrified, brokenhearted, depressed, despondent, or hopelessly overwhelmed. It seems like with every new day, another paragon of economic and scientific idiocy declares that the human race cannot possibly survive unless we quit driving cars, turn off our air conditioners, stop eating meat, expand the killing of inconvenient babies, ban plastic straws, give up using toilet paper, and force every awful, atmosphere polluting cow in the country to eat Gas- X. The emotional drain can get to be just too much to handle.

When we hear purportedly "intelligent” elected officials proposing policies that lie somewhere between total foolishness and hopeless insanity, we instinctively utter a heartfelt cry for "someone” to do something about it. But it’s hard to know where to turn or what to do when those hundreds of people sent to Washington, DC to represent us can’t even seem to agree on exactly what the problems are, much less what to do to correct them. Maybe we’re looking for the answer to this confusing and frustrating mess in the wrong place. Maybe we ought to take our questions to the One who knows everything--and just to be clear here, I’m referring to God, not Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, or any of America’s liberal college sophomores or their self-deified professors.

God isn’t confused at all regarding what lies at the root of all our problems. America’s arch enemy isn’t an ideology or a political party. He said it quite simply,

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34 (NKJV)

Our situation isn’t new. God’s people found themselves in circumstances like ours more than once and when they begged for a hero to rescue them, God delivered this sobering response:

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.Isaiah 59:1-4 (NKJV)

When home renovators notice a crack in the drywall, they know it’s relatively easy to patch, but the cracks often reveal a problem much deeper. Sometimes those cracks develop because the foundation has begun to crumble and patching the crack will only produce a temporary cosmetic improvement. If the real problem is not addressed, the entire house is in jeopardy. Quite simply, that’s where we are right now. The cracks we’re seeing in political, economic, and social issues are symptomatic of a much deeper problem, and the answer doesn’t lie in a political strategy. God had a much more effective plan to deal with it.

God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to establish victory over evil forever and to begin a global campaign against sin in every form that it takes. Jesus faced a world embroiled in conflicts that were overwhelming, and He initiated a counteractive program that wasn’t dependent upon governmental approval or political expertise. It was focused on individual redemption, individual transformation, and individual victory over sin. That one-on-one relational way of dealing with sin’s horrific implications contained the transformational power that would change the world and alter the course of human history. Before returning to the Father, Jesus revealed how He would deal with the problem of evil in the world. He would send ordinary people who would choose to follow Him.

So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." John 20:21 (NKJV)

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

It’s time for each one of us to admit that taking on the evil in the world has never been something we can blithely allocate to some nameless "somebody.” The power in the commission we were given by the Lord Jesus Christ has always resided in the application of the personal pronoun. Its transforming work is unleashed and impossible things become possible when each of us declares that the mission is really my mission.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In addition to being an active writer, speaker, teacher, and blogger, Ron Gallagher serves in a variety of roles as a ministry consultant for local churches. His Biblical insights are coupled with down-to-earth humor, satire, and relevant stories aimed at promoting "Right Side Up Thinking ~ in an Upside Down World.” Ron strives to apply God’s truth in a way that stimulates the mind, encourages the heart, and challenges the cultural norm.  Check out his blog, "Gallagher’s Pen” at www.gallagherspen.com

NEW BOOK . . .Ron’s new book, Right Side Up Thinking in an Upside Down World ~ Looking at the World through the Lens of Biblical Truth, is now available on Amazon and through Lighthouse Bible Studies. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2IDsNpB

 





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