Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 12th, 2019
For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
Acts 13:47-48 (NIV)
While there are still too many examples of prejudice in Canada, we usually consider ourselves to be a racially tolerant nation. It wasn’t always the case. In January of 1943, a mid-war year, the poll asked people what nationalities they would oppose admitting into the Dominion as immigrants after the war. Forty-seven per cent of those questioned said they’d keep out Jews. This answer was all the more startling because it showed that Jews placed next to Germans and Japanese, Canada’s enemies at the time.
We are reminded that there are more Christians around the world imprisoned for their faith, or facing persecution, than ever before in the history of the Church. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is revolutionary, because it transforms hearts. There is no other power on earth that can do that. And those in authority lose control over the hearts and lives of those who confess Jesus as Lord. We have choice. We can either keep our mouths shut, so preserving our lives and putting no one else at risk, or we can be faithful to the Lord’s command. I choose the second, as did Paul and Barnabas in Acts 13:47-48: “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.” Life wasn’t easy for Paul and Barnabas as they faithfully were obedient to Jesus’ call, and it won’t be for us. But there is no other choice if Jesus is Lord.
These have been words from the heart.