Dare 2B Daring - June 13, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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"You don't have to defend the Bible. That's like defending a caged lion. In reality, all you have to do is let him out and he'll defend himself." – C. S. Lewis
I cut a cartoon out of the Sunday paper a few months ago and saved it in a file to use later. Well, today is later.
The cartoon features Hagar the Horrible and his trusty friend, Lucky Eddie. It only has two cels, the first of which shows Lucky Eddie telling Hagar that he can always tell when rain is coming. Hagar responds by asking, “Really? Do you get pain in your joints?”
“No,” Lucky Eddie replies. “I see dark clouds!”
God’s Word is a lot like that. It says what it means and means what it says. It doesn’t need fancy embellishments and in fact, a person does so at his own peril (see Revelation 22:18-19).
The Bible doesn’t even require eloquence to be effective (see I Corinthians 2:1-5). History records that Jonathan Edwards, whom God used to launch America’s First Great Awakening in the early and mid-1700’s, was known for reading many of his sermons in a quiet, emotive voice. Such was the case with his most famous message, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. And yet, there are many reports of people collapsing at the altar and openly weeping over their sin when he finished preaching.
Scripture – especially the plan of salvation – can be readily understood by the masses. It doesn’t take a Doctor of Divinity degree to comprehend the simple fact that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and that our sin has separated us from a holy God (Romans 6:23a). But praise God, Romans 6:23a is closely followed by Romans 6:23b.
“…BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Pastors, let’s start “uncaging” God’s Word. And fellow believers, be sure to attend a church where the pastor isn’t a “lion tamer”.
“For the word of God living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President