Thursday, September 27, 2012

Words of Comfort: A Visit to the Mall

I was visiting a mall with my relatives, and stood at a checkout. In front of me was a mother and son. She was kindly buying a music CD for her boy. He was about 15 years old—the age where peer pressure, music, and fashion are strongly influential in his search for identity. It was evident that he was finding it, with his effeminate-look, weird hairstyle and his earrings. He was typical of millions.

As we walked through the mall, I saw another youth. This one was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of two pretty girls kissing each other on the lips. Nothing unusual there.

When I exited the mall I heard the familiar sound of booming rap music, thoroughly laced with what we now comfortably call the “F-bomb.” It was an uneventful day at the mall.

No doubt when I was a youth someone looked at me, with my hair down to my shoulders and my weird clothes, and had thoughts of moral disintegration. But things are different today. The moral deterioration is no longer on a decline. It’s gone over the cliff. What has become normal today is still abdominal to the God who never changes. According to Romans 1, these are people who have vile passions that are against nature, who refuse to retain God in their knowledge and are given over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not right.

Our young people will be damned in a terrifying place called “Hell,” unless God in His mercy gathers laborers who will cast off their fears and reach out with the message of His forgiveness.

The day I went to the mall was the same day that Season Four of our TV program debuted in 123 countries. I had taken a faithful team to 13 European countries and filmed 13 episodes as we preached the gospel open-air style, in 13 days. Our hope is that when Christians watch these programs they will be inspired to personally get up on a soapbox and proclaim the gospel.

There are 70 million professing Christians in the United States. If just one in 70 stood up and preached wherever he or she saw a crowd of people--that would mean that one million Christians would be preaching the gospel of everlasting life across the nation. That’s the only real hope for this sinful country. This generation isn’t going to come to the Church. They hate us. That’s biblical. They love darkness and hate the light. We have to take it to them, and we will do that if we love them. Hell is their destination but Heaven can be the alternate. God’s grace is the determining factor, and if they don’t hear about His grace in the cross, they will perish through lack of knowledge.

God requires us to be faithful and His will is for us to be fruitful. He has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. It is time. Take courage and do it. We need you.