Think Biblically, Discover Globally, Impact Eternally
- Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Standing in front of the Holocaust Memorial in Boston, my thought was that we must not let the scourge of abortion in America horrify us any less than the scourge of Nazi tyranny in Germany. Talking with Kissel and Sawyer about global discovery before God, my thought was that I must not let the scourge of my own sinful heart horrify me any less than the referenced brutality in our world. There but for the grace of God go I.
In the wake of such discovery combined with a fresh understanding of the apostle Paul’s world, for example, as one visits Ephesus, Corinth, or Rome, etc., there is new boldness for Christian witness. As Sawyer noted, one cannot help but be impacted for the better when he comes face to face with the Roman or Greek pantheon, the cultural and power centers, the urban settings, and indeed the kings in the midst of which Paul stood to proclaim Christ as the only way to salvation. He further noted that we need not be so intimidated by Boston any more knowing that we have the truth.
Third, Christians must impact eternally. The faithful would agree with that assertion, but the real question is, “what does it mean to have eternal impact?” As Sawyer and Kissel point out, it means living for God’s glory. It means being ministers of God’s grace in every moment. One can minister grace to the waitress who does not deserve it because she had a rough night and rendered poor service. A tip and a thank you in the name of Christ can go a long way to open the door for future conversation about the things of God. Kissel cited Francis Schaeffer who noted that we are always having an eternal impact: we are either sowing life or we are sowing death. We are impacting someone somehow for eternity with each exchange. Which will it be for you?
Pluralism is alive and well in Boston. Pluralism is alive and well in your city. Are you thinking biblically, that you might discover globally, that you might impact eternally? Be God-centered, be a world-Christian, and be one who has eternal impact in every moment.
Dr. Paul J. Dean is the pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Greer, SC, and hosts a daily, live, call-in radio talk show: "Calling for Truth." He serves as the Director of Applied Ministry at the Greenville, SC extension of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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