October 20, 2013
For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink. As for the scoundrel -- his devices are evil; he plans wicked schemes to ruin the poor with lying words, even when the plea of the needy is right. But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands. Isaiah 32:6-8
Experts who know things have told me the greatest invention in the history of humankind was the printing press. Of course, there are other experts who counter the fans of Gutenberg's movable type by suggesting the greatest invention of humankind was the wheel or how to harness fire.
Me, I have my own opinion.
My candidate for the Greatest-Invention-of-All-Time is that little button on my television remote controller that enables me to fast-forward through whatever is playing on the screen.
Consider the blessings which come from that button:
1. I can watch a one-hour-long television program in about 20 minutes. When used this way, the button is a timesaver.
2. There have been times when I have been watching television with others and something is said or shown which is objectionable. Hit the button and poof! the scene has passed by at a speed which cannot be picked up by the human ear or seen by the eye. On such occasions the button has been a helpful censor.
3. Then there is the fact my little fast-forward button enables me to skip all those commercials. Here I'm talking about that unending list of things without which my life is supposed to be empty and meaningless. Truth is, if I don't know those things exist, I'll never want them, and if I don't want them, I can be happy.
If I'm right, there are a number of possible reactions to the above paragraphs. There are a few people, very few people who agree with me. The rest are divided between, "He's nuts!" and "That's pretty funny." If you are in groups two and three, you should know, I couldn't agree with you more.
The reality is this: those paragraphs have a wrong point of view, a sad perspective of life, and a set of misplaced values.
Still, when it comes to matters spiritual, that is the way hundreds of millions of people think. As I look out on the world, I see unbelievers who have rejected the greatest love, the greatest gift, the greatest sacrifice any human being can be given. In its place they have settled for that which is second, third or fourth best.
By ignoring the Savior and the sacrifice He made to procure their forgiveness and give them salvation, they are showing sin and Satan have given them a wrong perspective of life and a set of misplaced values. Sadly, this wrongful point of view has eternal and catastrophic consequences.
Since we know Jesus is the greatest Gift and Giver we will ever know, we gladly do all we can to enlighten those who are still in darkness. You, your church, Lutheran Hour Ministries are dedicated to the sharing of the Savior's story of salvation. By God's grace may that witness be successful and the lost be brought into harmony with God's will and wishes.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I pray for those who are confused, mislead and lost. May the Holy Spirit's power touch lost hearts and bring them to see Jesus who alone is the Way, the Truth, the Life, and the Light. In His Name I pray it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries