It is a common experience for Christians today in the 21st Century, and for that matter, Jews as well, to become deeply disturbed by the rapid decline, overall, in the number of people practising the Faith. It is our belief, however, that if we are among those who have that insight and find it worrying, we have it because God permits us to see what is really happening in our world not to become depressed, but motivated. Christian denominations are collapsing and in many parts of the world, the Church seems simply to be evaporating. Since we can see this surely it begs the question: Why? What is really going on? We believe that the atheistic movements throughout the world have successfully deceived people who therefore have abandoned traditional religion in favour of what are really crude philosophies of human design.
Those of our people who remain loyal to their Faith need to take decisive steps to, literally, to educate and train our young people to see through the falseness of much of modern culture and yet at the same time to discern the good and build on it. Also we need to train them in the magnificent splendour of our Faith and the richness of our historic heritage. Fundamentally, Christian culture requires the planned and sustained education of our people in the great Biblical themes as well as the Teaching of the Church.
We hope our modest contribution, “The Gospel to Every Creature” encourages readers to see that we can reverse some of the challenging trends in modern society. But we suggest the answer begins with us — each person. True, the books of spirituality over the ages have always highlighted this truth, but in our times, everything is becoming blurred and confusing. All the more reason to go back to the message of the Sacred Scriptures and rediscover what has grown dim and distant to us. Our Lord’s command to take the Gospel to the whole world is, in fact, the call to participate in the fulfillment of God’s Plan echoed in Genesis 3: 16 and commenced with Abraham, following through to the mission of Christ and His Church in the world. It is a truly wonderful honour to be part of this work of Salvation which calls for our attention as the number one priority in our life. In Mark 12: 29 — 31 our Lord affirmed the core belief of the Jewish Faith by restating the greatest commandment. What He said remains for us today the heart of our own Faith and message:
‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
When questioned one day about this, — the greatest Commandment, our Lord closed the discussion with His typical brevity and clarity:
“Do this, and you will LIVE” (Luke 10: 22)
When, and only when we understand what this means, can we take this message out into the world. That is the “New Land” which the Lord is showing us, and has given to us to prepare it for the Glorious Return of Jesus Messiah.
It is a land in which we are to be — not conquerors — but servants. We are God’s Household servants tasked to labour lovingly and offer a place in God’s Kingdom to any person responding to our Lord’s call and message, which we must make freely available and culturally accessible.
“I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvations may reach to the ends of the earth” Isaiah 49:6
|Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who has blessed us in the Messiah with every spiritual blessing in heaven.
Ephesians 1: 3