Yesterday we learned that we are a debtor and we are to be ready! Today we learn…
#3: I am to be unashamed
Paul had seen all the world had to offer and he knew that the message of the cross was true.
Some time ago a Doonesbury comic strip featured the pastor of the Little Church of Walden discussing his church with a prospective couple.
He asked, “So what would you like to know about the Little Church of Walden, folks? Don’t hold back – I know how difficult it can be to choose a church.” The husband asked, “Well, what is your basic approach here, Reverend? Is it traditional gospel?”
“In a way,” said the pastor, “I like to describe it as 12-step Christianity… Basically, I believe that we’re all recovering sinners. My ministry is about overcoming denial, it’s about re-commitment, about redemption. It’s all in the brochure there.”
The husband mused, “I dunno. There’s so much negativity in the world as it is.” “That’s right,” replied his wife, “We are looking for a church that’s supportive, a place where we can feel good about ourselves. I’m not sure this guilt thing works for us.”
The husband observed, “On the other hand, you do offer racquetball…” The wife interrupted, “So did the Unitarians, honey. Let’s shop around some more for a more positive church.”
Dear friend, the cross is either the centerpiece of our ministry or it isn’t. Which will it be? Will we be a church with nice programs, or will we be a church where the cross is high and lifted up.