Friday, September 28, 2012

Why would someone need God if life is going well for them?

"The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead. Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them." -Psalm of David (Psalm 10:4-5)

This is a picture of Scythopolis in Israel, otherwise known as Beit She'an.  A place where humanism was the philosophy of the day. They elevated the human body & the greatness of humanity above all else.  This was a city rich in the arts, athletics, education, and military might.  There is a large theatre, gymnasium, and public entertainment and eateries here.  Large Roman roads, grooved by the many chariots that pounded the pavement, still remain.

It was at one of these flourishing places that Jesus sent his drab disciples to tell people they need God.  I can imagine the scene, rich hedonistic people dining and in comes a couple of former fishermen telling them they need something more than they already have.  The people probably thought, "We have health, we have a ample supply of resources, we have comfort, we have friends, we have everything that we could ever need and want.  What more can these Galileans offer us that we don't already have?"

If someone was to ask you this question, what would you say, Christian?  What do you have to offer the rich, the healthy, the well-off, those who have much more resources than you can have, those who are close to their family?

This Psalm of David gives some insight.  There is a day where God will judge people.  Fortunately, for many people who have everything in life, many have a nagging sense that they are still missing something.  This something is reconciliation with God. And that is what the Christian has to offer those who have everything else.

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