Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Apostle Paul missed it: SOCIAL GOSPEL

Acts 24:24-26
24Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. 25As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you." 26At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.

Here's the apostle Paul before the Roman officials and he has several opportunities to speak before these leaders of this oppressive anti-Christ government and notice what Paul chooses to speak about and also imagine with me what he doesn't talk about.
Did Paul miss this great opportunity? Shouldn't Paul had taken this opportunity to address these men, not as souls in need of grace, but as 'officials' with the ability to change things?
Would you say that Paul could have served the people under Roman rule including and especially Christians by pleading for slavery reforms and religious freedoms??? Why was Paul so super-spiritual and so 'preachy'??? Couldn't Paul have rallied a great number of believers to stand outside the courts and 'fight' for social justice, wasn't there a great need for reform?
Perhaps Paul was on to something that many are missing, that the main thing is and forever will be the CROSS of JESUS CHRIST, and that the thing we must FOCUS our attention upon is ETERNAL things.
I would suggest some careful inquiry be applied here, it's one thing to read this and praise it or even to teach upon it. It's quite another thing to follow this example, to use what is called 'an opportunity' for the sake of the gospel and to make the gospel the MAIN thing. How would you respond to such a situation today?



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