Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Broadcast News

News must be broadcast, especially good news.

If someone finally found a cure for cancer or AIDS, this news could not be kept secret. A scientist who had this knowledge and kept it to herself would be vilified once the secret got out.

Because we have been entrusted with the Good News of Jesus Christ, we must recognize the “
obligation that the reception of this good news demands.” Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to spread the Good News throughout the world.

However, if we truly believed that the Gospel was indeed Good News we would not need to be reminded of this obligation.

One person asks, “
How did something that was supposed to be about ‘good news’ become, instead, an awkward, embarrassing and odious duty?

His answer is that Evangelism is seen as a kind of marketing scheme. “It is not an invitation, but a sales pitch. It's like Amway without the soap.” (See
my post on a similar theme.)

But I think we might be able to find a deeper cause for this problem.

If we really believed that the Gospel is Good News, we wouldn’t have to be told to let other people know about it.

If we really believed that the Gospel is the only answer to the deepest need of humanity, we would have plenty of motivation to “spread the Gospel.”

If we really believed that the Gospel is the only possible route to meaning, purpose and satisfaction in our lives, we couldn’t keep it a secret.

So what is the solution?

We don’t need to
try harder: a "little better effort" is somewhat like changing the curtains in a house that has foundation problems. You may have nice curtains in the short run, but in the long run they won’t look too good on collapsed walls.

We don’t need to
understand theology better. We already have a better understanding of theology than Peter did on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).

We need to experience the Gospel as Good News in our own lives. If we truly believed that the Gospel is Good News, if we experienced it as Good News, there’s not a force in this universe that could keep us silent.

Pastor Rod

“Helping you become the person God created you to be”

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