Why I Preach the Gospel and Why You Should Too
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the single greatest force for change that the world has ever known. I grew up trying to figure out in which arena I could make the most change in the world. I first believed that politics was the area in which wholesale change could be made in the world. I believed that if you became President of an organization or President of the United States of America that you could enact changes in policy that would make sure that we conquered poverty, world hunger. I believed that if good people were put into office we could change the world. At some point, I figured out that politics at its root was filled with compromise and corruption. I did not believe that real change could happen through political system. I vote, but not with hope. My hope then shifted into the financial arena. I saw that people who had economic clout could earn and buy power. You didn’t have to be the politician who changes things. You can be the person who supports the politician who changes things. But I began to see that even money at the end loses its power. Our school system is broke, but at the heart of it is not actually money. It’s a commitment to educate children rather than train them to be monkeys who are able to regurgitate bits of information. It’s a commitment to teachers who would spend the time to make sure that they are not just socially promoting kids. It’s about parents who will recommit their time to making sure that children have the support they need at home. The problem is more than just money. At some point, I figured that no matter how much money or power you had, the real issue was the heart. That people at their core are wicked and deceitful and did things, even good things, to their advantage. People at the core just don’t want to do the right thing.
I began to see that the cause of all poverty, disease, homeless, etc. was sin. People are poor because rich nations don’t want to share with poor nations, because it is not in their national self-interest. Approximately 3/7ths of the world’s riches reside in the United States of America and the rest of the world (well over 300 countries) share 4/7ths. HIV is killing communities, but if everybody decided that they would have one lifetime sexual partner, we would eradicate AIDS within one generation. But it is impractical, because sin exists, and people want to do generally what they want to do, regardless of whether it hurts God or other people. No politician and no amount of money can change people’s HEARTS.
That is why the gospel (good news) of Jesus is needed – because when people believe in the good news about Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit regenerates them and transforms them into a new creature. John 3:5, 2 Cor. 5:17. That person now has the ability to love God and to love people. That’s why we need more people who will share this message with their loved ones with their neighbors and with everyone they meet. Our communities can be one where the smell of brotherly love is in the air. The early church communities experienced this, when there was need among them they gave everything they had, so that none among them would suffer want. Acts 2:38-45. They gave like this because God had transformed their hearts and radically changed their focus from temporal blessings to the enjoyment of their fellowship with an eternal God. We need more preachers. I’m not talking about Sunday talkers, but Monday walkers. Share the message of Jesus living, dying, and being resurrected for your eternal life with God with all that you meet. Live as if this is true in your life and watch God transform the people around you.
If you want to see more about how this message changed the world read the book of Acts.