This. Is. Important.
I have complained on this blog about pop theology that is a mile wide but inches deep. I stand by those complaints because too many feel-good, cheap grace messages can do more harm than good to Christ's Church.
But to that reservation I have to add that when you're in a desert some water is better than no water at all. I remember reading an interview with Billy Graham in which he said that as an evangelist his mission was very specific: bring the Good News to those who have not heard it and move on to the next venue. Lee Buck was the only world class evangelist I had the honor to know personally and he showed everyone he came near the importance of that ministry. See how he lived the "five foot rule."
Evangelism is a ministry of rifle shots, not shotgun blasts. When the target is hit, local congregations must then see to it that new Christians are properly cared for.
This American Idol production last night was a rifle shot.
Let's pray that congregations all over the place are ready for what can happen next.
While we're at it, here is another video I watched this morning while surfing. I came across it after revisiting an old post about Days of Elijah I put together in October, 2007
Here is a version by Paul Wilbur who I think is a Messianic Jew.
Enjoy (and listen).
The post is less than three hours old and the first comment is from a self-described atheist who feels the song is inappropriate and doesn't like "shoving this propaganda down my child's throat." I guess one kind of evangelism calls for another. Sigh.
Oh, and Christians are complaining that the name of Jesus was edited out, too. No matter what you do, some people will never be satisfied.
I'm remined of what someone said about the Puritan fear that someone, somewhere might be happy. We have come to an advanced stage of civilization where we now have Puritan Atheists.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Posted by Hoots at 7:10 AM