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The Gospel and Loneliness

When I think about proclaiming the good news to the world around me, I think about the loneliness present in our society. Every where I go: broken lives, isolated people, elderly sitting alone in a McDonald’s sipping on a coffee, children whose parents are not present with them. The toll this has taken on us all is staggering.
The church proclaims the healing of all relationships beginning with the restoration of our life with God though His forgiveness in Christ’s work on the cross. God is at work reconciling all things to Himself in Christ (2 Cor 5:17-21). In the cross and resurrection a path has been made open to restore broken relationships, die to one self and share forgiveness, and live in patient presence with one another.  This must be worked out one relationship at a time under the proclamation of the good news in Christ. The church itself must be a witness to this new way. And yet we evangelists of this great gospel must be ready, that even among the most hurting, this great news will most often be rejected, often by people claiming to be Christians (Matt 13:18-23) But I’ve made peace with that. Even if one out of a hundred receive it, the rippling effects are astounding (Matt 13:23).

Blessings on all you evangelists out there.