Good Morning April 20

Christianity has an image problem in the world. The world understands power, action, accomplishments. Christianity calls for humility, trust, self-sacrifice. The world knows how to live by laws. Christianity declares that faith is the way to life. World religions come to God by doing, by changing one’s self. Christianity says that God did for us what we are incapable of doing for ourselves. Christianity is by no means devoid of actions. Throughout history Christianity has been in the forefront of combating hunger, caring for the sick, ending slavery, saving lives. These are not works to gain favor with God, but works of gratitude for what God has first done for us. The Christian Gospel says that, of our own nature, we are incapable of pleasing God, but by the willing sacrifice of God’s Son He has paid the penalty for our old nature, and has freely given us His righteousness. He sets us free to live and serve in the world. I said it was an image problem. This is foolishness to the world. But “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”(I Corinthians 1:25) In God’s wisdom and strength we have life, and a life that serves others.