The Nuclear Gospel

The most powerful weapon in the world is not the nuclear bomb, it is the gospel. Stricter gun control and removal of violence from video games and movies will not solve the world's problems, those are only symptoms of hearts that have turned away from what is right. The only hope for the world is that hearts will be changed, the only thing capable of changing hearts is the gospel.

What is the gospel? The gospel is the good news that there is a way to know God. God is good and in Him there is no evil. We are evil. A brief scan of current events and our own hearts reveal the depravity of human beings. God is perfect and must judge our evil accordingly, which means there is no way we can have a relationship with Him on our own terms. Knowing our frailty God sent Jesus to earth to pay the penalty which our evil deserves. Justice will prevail. Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, etc... will all receive justice. Even though God's justice is satisfied by the sacrifice of Jesus we still need to be changed. Once again, God knowing our powerlessness, sent us His Spirit to change us from within. We can know God if we receive this gospel and ask Him to change us. However, it has to be on His terms not ours.

The gospel can be received in many different ways but the way that has struck me most recently are the words spoken by Jesus, "nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done (Luke 22:42)." This is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. Many people call themselves Christian but have not given themselves over to the will of God, which means they are not really Christian. A Christian is someone who follows Jesus. Jesus did the Father's will and not His own.

As human beings we want to be powerful, rich, and loved by the people around us but that is not necessarily what God wants for us on this earth. He wants what is best for us from an eternal perspective but we need to trust Him that it may be after we die. Talk about delayed gratification! What gives us the confidence that He wants what is best? The answer is simple would you not trust someone who gave His Son's life for yours?

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