Summary: Short exhortation
TheGospel- Key to Global Peace and Development
Romans 1:14-16 (KJV)
14[I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.] 15[So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.] 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Paul says he is not ashamed of the gospel. That it is the power of the God unto salvation. How so? How powerful really is the gospel? What can it save from?
The world has gigantic problems. Preaching looks lame in the face of global poverty caused by corruption and greed in the high places. Billions of dollars and human resource is spent daily to try to rein in global warming and the spread of diseases.
I have a few lightly intellectually friends. They wonder why I'm a preacher. They think I could better serve the world trying to solve more practical problems. I understand them. I do! The church needs to present a relaxant gospel. Most of what we church out is disconnected from the realities of the world we live in.
However, lets look at Christ. Of all Jesus had the power to do, all he did was preach the kingdom of God. Even the disciples who preached with him, casted out devils and healed the sick believed all of that was a prelude to the main thing, which for them was a political agenda. At the end of his life they were still asking him " so when will you restore the kingdom to Israel". Their thinking was, okay, we've done done great so far now lets get to the real thing. Their thinking was very much like many today who believe that the preaching of the gospel is of a lesser importance than more "substantive" issues like economic development, political engineering, social progress and sound education.
Why did Jesus restrict himself to preaching?
He could have tackled head long other issues?
He could have introduced some mind blowing technologies which were seriously needed in those days.
He could have introduced wonderful economic principles and theories and unleashed a period of global prosperity.
He could have created a unique educational system that will revolutionalize the way people learnt.
He was omniscience so could have done any of these things. Why didn't he tackle poverty, slavery, social injustices, all of which were serious problems of his day and ours?
It's because he saw today. He saw the paradoxes of today's life. He diagnosed the problem intelligently.
He understood that in his day and two millennials down the road, the root of the problem of man was and will be the same- corruption of the human soul.
So, he decided to tackle one problem and one problem alone. All those other things are important. I'm grateful for technology, I won't be reaching you today without it. I'm grateful for capitalism. I mean capitalism without greed. Capitalism respects the right of private ownership of property. God does too. That's why the sixth commandment says " thou shalt not covet thy neighbours property" . God has no problem about you owning things.