Here are some words from one of the most extraordinary leaders in the history of the United States of America. They are just as true for our times as they were for his.
“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the story present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think and act anew.” (Abraham Lincoln)
The times in which we live are challenging (to say it mildly) and potentially perilous for Christians (to say it rightly). We live in a post-Christian culture. We will most likely be relegated to the fringe of culture in the next 20 to 30 years.
That is nothing to fear. In fact, it may be something to anticipate. Christianity has rarely done well when it is the dominant religion. And Christianity has done quite well when it is marginalized, minimized, and even persecuted. This is not to speak in a trivial way about persecution against Christians. It is happening right now around the world, and it is painful. In the United States, our experience is and will be milder, but still challenging.
However, back to the main point – great creativity will be needed for us to be harmless as doves and wise as serpents (Matthew 10:16). We must be savvy communicators of the Gospel, taking every advantage we can as we proclaim the good news (see Paul’s story in Acts 16:29-40).
Above all, we must profoundly believe the good news of Jesus and be willing to share that good news in sensitive and conversation-advancing ways.
We are the missional friends of Jesus. We serve his purposes and our Father in Heaven, who so loved the world he sent Jesus. Jesus so loves the world he sends us into the world. We so love the world that we listen and we go into the world.
We go locally. That is easiest, because it is simply where we live and do life 24/7/365. It is where we interact with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Everyone must be a missional friend of Jesus locally.
We go globally. That is harder, because we don’t live there. Out of sight, out of mind. The world is out there and far removed from my day-to-day realities. How do I make a difference when the needs are so distant?
Living Word is passionate and strategic about making a difference in parts of the world. You can help us by praying, supporting Faith Promise, going on a mission trip, and staying informed about the world out there.
What the World Needs Now, we are positioned to give.
Missionally yours in Christ,
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