"Any hurt is worth it that puts us on the path of peace, setting us free for the pursuit, in Christ, of eternal life."

- Eugene Peterson
Messages

[They] exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
- Romans 1:24

The story doesn’t change and the trajectory is the same: Mankind exchanges God’s truth for a lie, and death follows in its wake.

The messages get clearer. This issue is like the slavery issue of old.

Louder. These are modern times. Science is on our side.

More invisive. The church is outdated and not needed.

More emphatic. This is about social justice.

More dissonant. You’re a bigot!

The messages come from politicians, community leaders, “preachers,” the Internet, popular music, and TV (always TV).

The messages are effective. The messages get results. The messages change minds and change hearts. (Don’t believe it? Ask yourself why it’s worth it for any business to spend $4 million for 30 seconds during the Superbowl if the message won’t be effective?)

But there’s another Message. It’s the Message that floods all that is in the world with all that is in Heaven. It’s the Message that moves beyond issues and talking points.

That Message is an eternal Word -- a Logos -- that became flesh and dwelt among us.

I’m not sure that Message would get 30 seconds during the Superbowl, but He doesn’t need it. He’s got all of eternity.

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Comments on "Messages":
1. NHE - 02/16/2014 9:04 pm CST

In that first statement are you inferring that the homosexual issue is often wrongly compared to the slavery issue? Yeah, that one bugs me too.

Don't blame TV though! (You knew I'd say that).

I like your last sentence. It jives with reality. The Gospel is scandalous. Narrow is the road that leads to life, wide is the road that leads to destruction. The 30 second Gospel ad wouldn't necessarily make a ripple now, but it's going to be a tsunami one day.

2. Bird - 02/18/2014 11:07 am CST

Don't blame TV though! (You knew I'd say that).

I have a TV. I watch shows sometimes (though we don't have reception hooked up, we typically watch stuff online). I don't think TV is all trash. Just mostly trash. :-)

The main thing I think TV does is deliver messages. Message after message after message. Whatever messages people decide to listen to, that's entirely up to them.

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