Injections — Part 2
Life interruptions happen. I am sorry for the gap between these two posts. As promised, here is part two.
A few days ago I wrote about the need to be injected with truth. It is an important aspect of our lives to live in truth so that no one will doubt our words or our worth. The immersion of truth into our minds and out of our hearts is an essential part of our spiritual walk with God.
Several years ago my daughter, Denise, took a missions trip with college students to the country of Kenya. Prior to that she had taken a trip to Ghana and Togo, West Africa. She found the trip fulfilling and saw spiritually hungry people who eagerly listened to the Word of God. With that experience behind her she anticipated another similar experience in Kenya.
When she returned home after three weeks, we talked about the trip of course. The second trip, she felt, was disappointing. From the time she was a child all Denise ever really wanted to do was go to a country where people had not heard the way of salvation and lead hungry souls to the Word of Life.
She explained: “It is as if the people had been inoculated with enough, just enough, Bible that they turned away from it instead of turning to it. Their hearts, it seemed, were hardened.” I’ve heard those words from her heart many times over in the years that have passed. How can it be?
You see, when someone gives us a dose of something that afterwards acts as an antibody, we are inoculated to destroy the invading germs. If those who go to another country inject social gospel only and do not give the Water of Life to the thirsting souls, they are doing the Gospel a disservice. I am not opposed to humanitarian effort; I am opposed to humanitarian effort given under a guise of Christianity. The humanitarian efforts gave the national citizens of Kenya a false sense of security. It lifted them up in their own eyes. They were led to follow a system of good works instead of faith in Christ as their security.
Let us be true to the Gospel and not try to live a worldly viewpoint at the same time. We are in the world, but we are not of the world. Again I turn to I John 2:15. “. . .if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Our mission is not to go to a foreign place to use some sort of gimmick to win souls for Jesus. We go with the handbook of Acts and fulfill the great commission to “go into all the world and preach the gospel. . .” We cannot give just a smidgen of truth clothed in a garment of good will.
Next time a missionary comes through your church, question them about the methods they intend to use to build the Kingdom of God. Be wary of those who intened to connect by any other means than the power of the Gospel. Claim with Paul in Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.”