"Who Are We?"
February 15, 2011
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
This past week The Wall Street Journal asked, "How do Christians define Christians? What makes or not makes you a Christian?"
The curious individual offered his answers. He said, "Maybe a Christian is someone who thinks 'believing in a higher authority' will save you. Maybe he is someone who takes the Bible literally or someone who is 'following the more reasonable' aspects of the Bible (sic)."
The replies given by others to answer the question were ... interesting. For example,
• One person said, "A Christian is someone who acts and speaks in a fashion so that he will get a good seat in 'Heaven' after he stops existing (dies)."
• Another added, "The God-man Jesus Christ could very well be the 'best' god so far, but Christianity is only two millennia old. Polytheistic religions lasted at least as long or longer. Will Christianity disappear? Who knows?"
• Still another commented, "Everyone creates their own reality, short of physics, chemistry, and biology. Cognitive dissonance allows us to expand that reality. Some are interested, others not, to each his own."
The varied perspectives went on for pages.
Again and again cynics and skeptics, doubters and deniers rolled out their attacks, their misinterpretations and their "scriptures taken out of context." In their rants the Triune God was accused of being the originator of every transgression His sinful subjects had perpetrated and some they had not.
It could have been a nasty situation. It could have been, but it wasn't.
Thanks to the Holy Spirit who provided a number of Bible-believing Christians with the courage to patiently and faithfully share the story of how a gracious Father sent His perfect Son into this world to be sacrificed so salvation might be won for sinful humanity.
These modern-day apologists set an example for us all.
The reality of our century is this: all around the world the Savior is being attacked and maligned. There are places where opposition to the Redeemer has been harsh and violent; there are places where the assault is far more subtle. In schools, in courts, in the marketplace and in our homes the Lord is presenting His people with the opportunity of sharing the Savior's story with the lost.
This is why it is right for us to ask the Holy Spirit to grant us all the wisdom, the knowledge, the faithfulness, patience and the boldness to stand fast and glorify the Christ in a way that will touch lost hearts.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, You have done so much for us. May we be faithful in our witness to You. In Jesus' Name I pray it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries