Sunday, February 16, 2014

Who's to blame!

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV)

My daughter and I have been having a debate about the demise of our favorite college team, the Indiana Hoosiers. She is not willing to blame the coaches. She is like her mother, she has a heart of gold. I agree, a Coach is not completely to blame, after all, the players make or miss all the shots, turn the ball over, or foul. But, the coach is responsible for building a culture of winning. After a sufficient amount of time if that culture is not there, he is responsible. He must shoulder the blame. 

As Christians we are given the task of spreading the Gospel. It's not easy. We fight the fight with all Gods power behind us. If we do not come out victorious, we must shoulder the blame. We are sinful and can not do it without the love and directing power of Christ. If we are not successful, we can place blame in a lot of places. In the end it's about you and me. We were given the task to proclaim the good news, we are to comfort the lost, proclaim freedom for those trapped in sin, and release the lost from their prisons. We can't blame anyone. God has given us the Holy Spirit, he has given us the opportunities, if we don't take those chances, the lost will be our fault. The ultimate price for our failure is death for those who don't come to know Christ. We can not fail at this mission. We must increase our efforts in a world that has lost faith. The risk of not doing so is too high.

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