From Pastor’s Desk:
Acts 4:19-20 …Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Like Jeremiah (20:9), Peter and John could not contain the word that was evidently the same “burning fire” inside them. Oh, that the church, individually and collectively, “cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
God is still seeking to save (Luke 19:10) that which is lost. He does that through His church. By His Spirit He orchestrates, every day, moments of opportunity for us to speak about what we have seen and heard. It does take, however, walking in the Spirit, without which we cannot hope to hear His voice when He presents that opportunity.
Too many things have gone awry in the world simply because the church was silent on certain matters. I fear we have allowed society to dictate what is accepted or not, and consequently there is a fear that we are going to offend someone with the gospel.
I cannot remember reading in Scripture anywhere that Jesus was afraid of offending anyone. In fact, did He not do just the opposite? He offended them to the point that they hated Him and, as a result, crucified Him. The disciples, after receiving power on the Day of Pentecost, were certainly not “politically correct” in the gospel they preached.
If we are to exemplify the Early Church and proclaim the gospel of Christ Jesus to the world we cannot remain silent. Rather, we should “Shout it from the mountaintops, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.”