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More Thoughts on Speaking the Gospel Boldly and Clearly

April 23rd, 2007
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I do not believe it is unreasonable, unkind, or inappropriate to expect
a Christian pastor to speak clearly about Christ and the hope we have in
Him at an event with thousands of grieving people. I believe failure to
articulate the Gospel, boldly, at a time like this is simply without excuse and
no matter what was on the man’s heart, it is what was not on his lips
that is the issue. It is more than
reasonable and appropriate to expect pastors to stand and deliver
Jesus: boldly, clearly, passionately, without hesitation and with no
vague platitutudes or "code speak." Failure to do so is not to be
dismissed, overlooked or ignored, no matter what the situation. A grave crisis is all the more reason to proclaim without equivocation or hesitation the One Who has conquered sin, death and the grave. Moments of national crisis bring out from the very depth of a person’s heart and soul what he most
passionately believes, what is of highest priority to him, and what is the very
ground of one’s being. And therein lies the problem in a situation
where the Gospel is not spoken with absolute clarity, and with a church that would simply "shrug off" such failures to
articulate the Gospel. It is only compounding the tragedy of an already
tragic situation. We are forced to ask, "Do we actually believe that the Gospel is the power of God for salvation?" Or have we replaced the Gospel with therapeutic jargon and elevated human emotion above the truth of God’s Holy Word? Have we put fear of offending human feelings above the offense of the scandal of particularity that is the Gospel itself? Have we reached a point that we believe the Gospel is merely for those who already believe it, or know it? It is time to stop making excuses and start analyzing
root causes for such failures to confess the Gospel with such clarity
that there is no mistaking it or ignoring it or overlooking it.

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  1. Christine
    April 24th, 2007 at 09:31 | #1

    Amen, Pastor McCain.
    As Saint Paul said, “How can they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?”
    Lutheran pastors should never miss the opportunity to preach the Gospel, no matter what the setting. We are called to plant the seed of the Word. That Word may take root and spring up in the most unlikely of places.

  2. Bror Erickson
    April 25th, 2007 at 10:44 | #2

    After reading your posts and the comments I went and checked my answering machine. The message was an invite to the local National Day of Prayer breakfast. My gut tells me not to go. But should I? Of course the only people in attendance are other pastors and bishops from the local Mormon wards. I might feel different about the whole matter and the opportunities to share the gospel if it were a funeral in the wake of a national crisis. But as it is I think I might just be casting pearls before the swine, and disrupting an already disturbed beehive. The holiday itself seems hopelessly slanted toward promoting Universalism.

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