Never Falling Silent
It is not a hidden fact that the Gospel can change lives. Even more so, when it changes lives, it also has the ability to change culture. This transforming Gospel is found the Bible. In his sermon, Tom Patton once said, “Many people handle the Bible in the same way a child might handle a loaded gun. When they discover it, they are attracted to the shine of it. They are enamored by the style of its lines and they pick it up. They play with it and they point it at other people, not realizing that they hold in their hands an instrument with the power to either save life or to take it.” If lives and culture are to be changed, the Gospel needs to be shared in its entirety. You cannot share about the remarkable love that God has for us without acknowledging the sin of mankind He came to die for.
Since we know that all have sinned, all require a Savior: Each person, each household, and even our culture. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas are locked in jail and God sent an earthquake, breaking their chains. Instead of escaping, they stayed, seizing the opportunity to share the Gospel with the Jailer. Verses 30-34 state, “Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.” The Jailer in this passage saw the power of God and believed. Not only was his belief incredible, but he saw the need for his entire household to hear the Gospel and invited Paul and Silas into his home. It wasn’t good enough for him to be the only one to hear the Gospel. He cared and took responsibility for the salvation of his entire household.
Likewise, not only should we take responsibility for our households, but also for our culture. It is up to us to get the Gospel out there. If our culture is not presented with the Gospel, how then can we expect the Gospel to change our culture? Pope John Paul II said, “The Gospel lives in conversation with culture, and if the Church holds back from the culture, the Gospel itself falls silent.” The Gospel can and will change culture. It is up to us, as Christians, to continuously share the Gospel, keeping it from falling silent. We can sit back, watch the corruption in the news and complain all we want, but unless we are fulfilling our God given mission of evangelism, we take part in the blame; the finger points back towards us.
Don’t let the very culture you want to see changed, silence you. Be bold in faith; share the Gospel. And by sharing, give the Gospel the opportunity to change and shape our Culture.