The words were big and bold.
Prophetic words rolled across the room in a way that broke my heart and yet gave hope and healing. I realized that like Dr. King said, I want my daughter to grow up in a world where she is judged not on the color of her skin, but on the content of her character. I want justice for her. And until we all feel that need…until then…we have Dr. King’s big words…and we trust in a God who is able to save. Here are a few words for believers…some you might not have heard before…but they are for us.
“THE GOD WHOM WE WORSHIP IS NOT A WEAK AND INCOMPETENT GOD. HE IS ABLE TO BEAT BACK GIGANTIC WAVES OF OPPOSITION AND TO BRING LOW PRODIGIOUS MOUNTAINS OF EVIL. THE RINGING TESTIMONY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS THAT GOD IS ABLE.”
“BY OPENING OUR LIVES TO GOD IN CHRIST, WE BECOME NEW CREATURES. THIS EXPERIENCE, WHICH JESUS SPOKE OF AS THE NEW BIRTH, IS ESSENTIAL IF WE ARE TO BE TRANSFORMED NONCONFORMISTS . . . ONLY THROUGH AN INNER SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION DO WE GAIN THE STRENGTH TO FIGHT VIGOROUSLY THE EVILS OF THE WORLD IN A HUMBLE AND LOVING SPIRIT.”
“THERE IS SO MUCH FRUSTRATION IN THE WORLD BECAUSE WE HAVE RELIED ON GODS RATHER THAN GOD. WE HAVE WORSHIPED THE GOD OF PLEASURE ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT THRILLS PLAY OUT AND SENSATIONS ARE SHORT-LIVED.”
“IN CONTRAST TO ETHICAL RELATIVISM, CHRISTIANITY SETS FORTH A SYSTEM OF ABSOLUTE MORAL VALUES AND AFFIRMS THAT GOD HAS PLACED WITHIN THE VERY STRUCTURE OF THIS UNIVERSE CERTAIN MORAL PRINCIPLES THAT ARE FIXED AND IMMUTABLE.”
“THE CONFIDENCE THAT GOD IS MINDFUL OF THE INDIVIDUAL IS OF TREMENDOUS VALUE IN DEALING WITH THE DISEASE OF FEAR, FOR IT GIVES US A SENSE OF WORTH, OF BELONGING, AND OF AT HOMENESS IN THE UNIVERSE.”
“IN THIS WORLD IS A GOD WHOSE MATCHLESS STRENGTH IS A FIT CONTRAST TO THE SORDID WEAKNESS OF MAN.”
“WE NEED TO RECAPTURE THE GOSPEL GLOW OF THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WHO WERE NONCONFORMISTS IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD . . . THEIR POWERFUL GOSPEL PUT AN END TO SUCH BARBARIC EVILS AS INFANTICIDE AND BLOODY GLADIATORIAL CONTESTS. FINALLY, THEY CAPTURED THE ROMAN EMPIRE FOR JESUS CHRIST.”
“CHRISTIANITY AFFIRMS THAT AT THE HEART OF REALITY IS A HEART, A LOVING FATHER WHO WORKS THROUGH HISTORY FOR THE SALVATION OF HIS CHILDREN. MAN CANNOT SAVE HIMSELF, FOR MAN IS NOT THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS AND HUMANITY IS NOT GOD. BOUND BY THE CHAINS OF HIS OWN SIN AND FINITENESS, MAN NEEDS A SAVIOR.”