“The cross must be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am claiming that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap, at a crossroads so cosmopolitan they had to write His title in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. At the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble, because that is were He died and that is what He died about and that is where churchmen ought to be and what churchmen should be about.” –George MacLeod
ONLY ONE WAY LEFT (THE IONA COMMUNITY: 1956), P. 38.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 17:15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed. 16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. 17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
Our faith must be lived out in our daily lives, wherever we are and whatever we are doing, if we are to cause those who need Christ to be thirsty for Him.
The founder of The Baptist Theological Seminary, Lewis Chafer, challenged each class he taught with the following – “Men, give them something to believe.” That is still our challenge today.
Father, Strengthen me to be faithful to speak Your truth through my heart, my actions, and my voice.