Thursday, June 30, 2011

Response to "Religion should focus on today"‏ in "The Daily Breeze"

In "Religion should focus on today", Melannie Guyton writes that "churches do not pay enough attention to improving our quality of life, addressing our economy or simply dealing with day-to-day issues."

Churches cannot do any of these things. If they are playing their proper role in society, they point to the one who can: Jesus Christ.

Jesus said: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Even if we have flush bank accounts and busy lives, it means NOTHING without Christ, who frees every one who believes on Him from death, hell, and the grave--and guarantees eternal life, Here and Now as well as in eternity. Christ declared: "I have come that you might have life, and that more abundantly" (John 10:10)

God does care for our daily needs, but we need to focus on spiritual matters first, for "The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment." (Luke 12:23) Jesus counsels us to "Seek the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you" (Luke 12:31) He even comforts us with the certain success of our quest: "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

If we adhere to what matters, He is more than able to supply all our needs according to his riches in glory, no matter what our circumstances. (Philippians 4:13)

Ultimately, evangelic ministers may be decrying their loss of influence because they do not preach the Gospel in its entirety. Thus, people come to church believing to be blessed instead of believing to be saved. Christ is essential to our lives, not just a mere provider for our needs, which he does indeed care for.

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