DayBreaks for 05/22/12 – Something to Declare
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
One of the joys (not!) of traveling, especially to a foreign country, is filling out the entry paperwork that requires you to declare what you are bringing into the country with you. I never bring enough money to have to declare anything. On occasion, crossing back into California after an out-of-state trip, you have to go through a re-entry checkpoint to make sure that you’re not bringing in any harmful fruit or plants that could affect the agribusiness of the state.
Still, there are times today when traveling to a foreign country, you may be asked whether or not you have anything to declare. A “Yes” answer meant that you would be in for more questions. I suspect, though I couldn’t prove it, that many who actually had contraband or illegal items that should have been declared would say “No”, to save themselves trouble. Some, I feel certain, got away with it, and some didn’t.
In terms of our faith, I wonder what would happen if that question was put to Christians. The world may even be unconsciously asking the question to the church: ‘Have you anything to declare?’ In other words, in the face of all the pain in the world, do we have a strong Word from God to declare, a Word that will make a difference in our culture as it spirals downward and bring hope to people’s lives? A church (or a Christian) with nothing to declare has no reason to exist, except to be a kind of spiritual country club. A strong church needs a strong message to declare to the world – and Jesus’ church is to be a strong church with a strong message of hope, redemption, right and wrong, and judgment.
PRAYER: May we take the command given by Paul to heart and always have a message to deliver that is filled with truth and which makes the world a better place for our having been here! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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