Sunday, January 23, 2011
Keeping The Main thing the Main Thing
All of us have marveled at the impact of Billy Grahams ministry on individuals, communities and yes nations. Through the years we have admired the clarity with which he preached the good news never wavering from its simplicity. We have marveled at his faithfulness and conviction in preaching the Gospel of our Lord and he is an example to all of us who claim to be Christ followers. Now in his later years he was interviewed on January 21 of this year. This quote from the article is a once again reminder to all of us. We don't get to determine the mission of the church. That has already been set. Our task is to keep that main thing the main thing.
"But the most important issue we face today is the same the church has faced in every century: Will we reach our world for Christ? In other words, will we give priority to Christ's command to go into all the world and preach the gospel? Or will we turn increasingly inward, caught up in our own internal affairs or controversies, or simply becoming more and more comfortable with the status quo? Will we become inner-directed or outer-directed? The central issues of our time aren't economic or political or social, important as these are. The central issues of our time are moral and spiritual in nature, and our calling is to declare Christ's forgiveness and hope and transforming power to a world that does not know him or follow him. May we never forget this."
Interview by Sarah Pulliam Bailey 1/21/2011 10:17AM