“And now, O Lord, my God, thou hast made thy servant ruler over the people. Give unto him an understanding heart, that he may know how to go out and come in before this great people; that he may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this thy so great a people? ‘ were the words of a royal sovereign; and not less applicable to him who is invested with the chief masistracv of a nation, though he wear not a crown, nor the robes of royalty.
And now, O Lord, my God, thou hast made thy servant ruler over the people. Give unto him an understanding heart, that he may know how to go out and come in before this great people ; that he may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this thy so great a people ? ‘ were the words of a royal sovereign ; and not less applicable to him who is invested with the chief masistracv of a nation, though he wear not a crown, nor the robes of royalty.
We may not always agree with our president, some presidents we have wanted to disown, but no matter our feelings we should pray for our leaders.
This world can really bring you down. There are so many destructive philosophies in the world. Then when you try to point them out in hopes of helping people, you end up getting called names, and sometimes even more. Even the toughest folks can get worn down when they face that enough.
Getting jaded helps no one! It doesn’t help your relationship with God, it makes you tired and cranky, which hurts your health, ruins personal relationships, and I certainly don’t recommend trying to witness to people about the Good News, when you are acting like you were weaned on a pickle! Yes, I am guilty of being jaded myself so believe me when I understand your “valid” reasons. Yet, unless your goals in life involve acting like a sourpuss, they are not really valid reasons at all.
One of the easiest things in the world seems to be assuming that if you know something, everyone else knows it too and if you believe that they know how evil that they are it makes everything in the world seem darker. But do they really know how evil they are?
I am sure that some do, but many don’t. Very few people wake up one day and say that they are going to do something incredibly evil.
One of my pet peeves is how few people refer to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. as a Reverend. Yes, I know that Doctor is a great title to have, but Reverend is a title that he choose for himself when he became a preacher. I may just be too cynical, but I think that many people call him Doctor in hopes of making us forget what he really stood for. He stood for Christ.
When Martin Luther King, Jr., confronted racism in the white church in the South, he did not call on Southern churches to become more secular. Read his sermons and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and see how he argued. He invoked God’s moral law and the Scripture. He called white Christians to be more true to their own beliefs and to realize what the Bible really teaches. He did not say, “Truth is relative and everyone is free to determine what is right or wrong for them.” If everything is relative, there would have been no incentive for white people in the South to give up their power. Rather, Dr. King invoked the prophet Amos, who said, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24). The greatest champion of justice in our era knew the antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity. (Keller, RG, 64–65)
Christians are often accused of taking a “blind leap into the dark.” For me (Josh), however, I found the evidence for Christianity powerful and convincing. So when I became a Christian, I hadn’t leapt blindly into the dark, but stepped into the light. I placed the evidence I gathered onto the scales, and they tipped in favor of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, resurrected from the dead. Had I been exercising “blind faith,” I would have rejected Jesus Christ and turned my back on all the evidence.
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There was a time here in the U.S. where almost everyone was a Christian. Even if they were not they were at least brought up in a culture that was steeped in Christianity, most of their friends, teachers, and co-workers were probably Christian. In that kind of environment everyone, Christian or not was familiar with the Christian Worldview. many of them had adopted parts of the Christian worldview without even knowing that is what it was. Very little pre-evangelism was needed.
Nowadays it is possible to go most of your life knowing very little about real Christianity. Even worse there are so many myths floating around about Christianity, they may think they know about us, but they really don’t. Convincing them to become Christian, would be like convincing you to fix an airplane if you have never been in one. You would have to learn a lot before you were willing to touch any of the wires inside!
For example most people in America today would think you were lying if you told them that we were not to blame for the Crusades, there are actually people who think that Hitler was a Christian! (The Muslims had been attacking Christian run areas for hundreds of years before we finally fought back, no we were not 100% innocent in the situation, but we were far from the instigators of it. ) (Jesus is Jewish, Hitler murdered Jews. The idea that Hitler worshiped a Jew is ridiculous!)
We must do better at answering these commonly held objections against Christianity if we are going to be efficient at spreading the Gospel.
Few people include the resurrection of Lazarus in with the resurrection of Jesus, but it did play an important part.
John 11:45-53 Tells us that it was actually the reason why the plot to kill Jesus was hatched. Something that should have brought great joy to everyone, brought fear and hate out in the leaders of the day. That is why they sought to kill the giver of life. They just had to be the center of attention! They would rather kill Jesus than lose their place in society! Jesus was murdered because he made powerful claims about himself, and verified those claims with awesome miracles, including the resurrection of Lazarus.
Yet something in their lives was preventing them from seeing the obvious.
It’s heartbreaking to realize that some people will never come to Christ. The people who were convinced that Jesus should die, by the resurrection of Lazarus had to know the truth down deep in their hearts. These people had been studying the Hebrew Testament their entire lives. Some of those prophecies are hard to miss, yet these experts in the Hebrew Bible missed them. Some might say that they were afraid of a new war between the Romans and the Jews, but in the face of Lazarus resurrection why would they be?
No matter how much evidence you give to some people, they will not accept the truth of it. It isn’t your fault if you made the effort, that is all that you can do. if they are willing to take your phone number or e-mail address give it to them, in case they later change their minds. Learn what you can from the encounter, live like Christ wants you too, seek advice from another Christian that you trust, and pray for them. Maybe they will be ready to listen to you, or another Christian on another day. Leave the rest up to Christ.