From the Word
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from infancy you have known the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Times have changed. To what extent do we change with them? Do we bury our heads in the sand and try to pretend change has not come? No. The issue of change is; what changes and what does not.
God’s Word remains forever. That is taught various places in Scripture, including the Isaiah 40 verses in our memory verses for this month. The Law remains the same no matter the degree to which it is practiced. We cannot deny or abolish the 6th Commandment simply because our society has elevated sexual sins to acceptable or preferable status. We must apply the Law to ourselves and our world no less than generations before.
The Gospel of Jesus is the only teaching by which people are forgiven, brought into right relationship with God, and made heirs of heaven. The Gospel does not change because society wants to embrace the nonsense of relative truth, meaning all ways are good. Our society’s rejection of the Gospel must not deter us from sharing it, lest we leave our fellow citizens lost for eternity. Our society’s call for love and compassion can only be truly accomplished by our proclamation of the truth for the sake of those to whom we proclaim it.
Does anything about it change? Clearly how we reach people with the message of Law and Gospel has changed in the past and will continue to do so. A generation ago Christians most easily reached people by phone and U.S. mail. Now it is difficult to truly reach many in our society these ways because they don’t place as a great value on these means of communication as they once did. Many now spend their meaningful efforts at communication on other media that now becomes our mission field to those who “live” there.
Another change that we encounter today concerns the assumption of what people already know about the Bible. In generations past simple biblical knowledge was common even among those not currently attending worship. We cannot assume that those to whom we witness know anything at all about the Bible. We need to ascertain what they know, or what they think they know, in order to explain our faith in a way that will impact them. We will continue to discuss this vital issue. We will react to the changes we are presently faced with in proclaiming the unchanging truth God has blessed us with in His Word. We will apply Law/Gospel to ourselves and our families, and look for the open doors to proclaim it to others.