Sunday, February 1, 2015
Living with a Gospel Awareness
"…that which is known about God is evident within them…"
CSI had an ongoing storyline this fall that culminated recently in an episode where two fathers were contrasted. One father, whose daughter was kidnapped by a serial killer, was forced to act on behalf of the killer to save his daughter. The other father made the choice to use his own daughter as bait to catch the killer. He willingly put his daughter's life at risk, with her permission, I might add, to put an end to this man's killing spree.
In the end, the first father (who was a police officer, as well) was sent to prison and the second father was praised, as his sacrifice paid off and the killer was caught. Well…actually he wasn't caught but he was identified and escaped, but I'm pretty sure they'll get him…so the story goes on…
Here's my point today - the gospel is everywhere. Show me a good superhero movie and I'll show you a world who cannot save itself but needs a Savior. Our movies and TV shows are filled with helpless characters who need saving. And then there's the news - the brokenness of this world is the main storyline and occasionally a hero is exalted, though much of our news still needs a Savior. We look to government or the police to swoop down and bring justice, but too often it falls short.
I just read a news report of a man in Georgia who was at a creek with his 9 year old son and heard the cries of a 4 year old girl. He dove in the creek to save her and hit his head on the bottom, cracking his spine and immediately paralyzing his legs and one arm. He was still able to save the girl and now a week later, he passed away in the hospital from complications. Terribly sad story but in it we see sacrificial love - the helpless needing a willing savior and the savior, giving his life for the helpless.
The gospel is everywhere - look for it daily and you will see it.
One of the criticisms of Christianity is that the Father gave His Son - some have said, what kind of father would do that? I've heard God accused of "cosmic child abuse." But when we watched that CSI episode, the father who was willing to use his child as a lure for the killer, fully knowing the risks, he was hailed as the hero, rather than the father who protected his child. It's a crazy world we live in, right?
Friends, I truly believe that the gospel basics are sown into our hearts. Like King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3, God has set eternity in the hearts of men. Deep down we know there is a God, we know He has standards, we know we don't meet them and we long for a savior. It's the plot line for much of our entertainment. So my challenge to you is to open your eyes and look for the gospel in everyday life. When you do this, you will be surprised where it shows up…and remember, this longing is only filled in Jesus, so when you meet broken people in the midst of a gospel crisis, point them to the perfect Savior who will never let them down, miss His cue or fail at rescuing them.