This morning the fog was so dense that several schools in our area had a two-hour delay. The bus drivers could not risk the dangers of a bus accident due to nearly zero visibility. By ten o’clock this morning I drove in thick fog to my appointment in town. Finally as I left my appointment at eleven o’clock, the fog was beginning to lift. Sunlight broke through by noon.
That fog and the dangers of it are like the lives that so many of our population navigate their lives through every single day. Every day they are uncertain of the next hour. They live in regret, fear, despair, peril. They walk through the day the same as I drove in the fog this morning. Hopeful. Uncertain.
On July 8, 1741, in Enfield, Connecticut, a preacher by the name of Jonathon Edwards delivered a ten-point sermon titled: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” It took courage to deliver that sermon to a population who had strayed so soon from the God of the Puritans. By 1741 the East Coast was populated by many people who knew only of a superficial Savior. They called themselves Christians, but in their hearts they knew better.
That sermon brought about the Great Awakening. Historians place the years of 1730 to 1750 as the years when people came to really know Christ as Savior. They began times of private devotion and bold confessions of faith in public. It turned our Nation’s tide. Dusty Bibles were once again read and used for personal direction in life.
Back to today. I teach a small Bible study group at a local nursing home. Some of those participants have glowing spoken testimonies of how and when and where they came to Christ. I love going to the events at the home and meeting the children and grandchildren. Not many of those children walk in the same light as the parents and grandparents. Oh, they are polite enough. They speak kindly. But, they are also awkwardly uncomfortable talking about spiritual things. Sadly, they are in a foggy, uncertain world. I ask where they attend church. They don’t.
Some attend churches where I happen to know that the leadership is weak. The pulpit is probably cold. Pious platitudes fill the church on Sunday and throughout the week the congregations have nothing on which to draw strength. The parishners do not own Bibles.
Folks, we need to help those folks find the way out of the fog and into the Light of the World. If I don’t do it, they will remain in darkness and hopeless fog. If you know Christ as your personal Savior, then the commission from Jesus is clear: “Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.” Jesus said that in the Sermon on the Mount. You will find it in Matthew 5:14. The design for Kingdom living was laid out to the Disciples by Jesus in Matthew 5,6,7. I challenge you to read it in the next day or so and determine two things: Are you a real Christian and Are you ready to lead the way out of the fog for the bewildered people who surround you?