Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the “good news” of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness (Matthew 9: 35).
Good news is exciting and the Gospel is often referred to as “good news.” However, a question that may be asked is this, if the Gospel is really “good news”, why is it rejected by so many? Are people listening? Are people really hearing a “good news” message? Are those of us who share the Gospel completely accurate in our presentations of its messages—both the written word and the “living” word? Perhaps that is not always the case.
More than two centuries ago, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) criticized the lack of “good news” in the messages he was hearing. He lamented, “It’s easy to thunder from the pulpit from off the Big Black Book and drive out theological heresy with theological truth; but it’s not the thin sour wine of theological doctrine that floods the human heart; nor are the bowels of human compassion wrung with doctrinal diatribes.”
In other words he is asking, “Where is the love?” Today we may not always hear the harsh theological doctrines that Burns heard, but neither do we always hear the refreshing messages he longed to hear. Burns was looking to hear a message like the one Jesus preached—a message that sets people at liberty and gives them freedom.
This excerpt from Then Came Sunday describes some of the concern that I have with modern Christianity and begs the question, How can things be made better?
I am interested in your ideas—especially as hey pertain to Then Came Sunday.