One day, while I was surfing through the channels, I happen to stumble upon a televangelist program. The preacher, dressed in a nice suit and a clean red tie, ask the viewers not only to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, but also to donate handsomely to his channel. After all, he claims, the more money you give, the more money you will receive back from God. This, of course, prompts me to think, what exactly does it mean to preach the Gospel?
The Gospel is more than just simple words proclaiming the divinity of Christ; it is a radical call to service, to help establish the Kingdom of God. The Scriptures point out accurately, that “faith without work is dead” (James 2:26). As Christians, we’re supposed to follow the example of Christ, to be like Him and service the others. Being Christian means much more than simply being baptized or openly proclaim Jesus as the Messiah. As I am writing this, one out of six Americans suffer from chronic hunger, and the rate is only going up as more and more people find it harder and harder to find a decent job to feed their family. Yet many public figures who profess to be Christians seem to be blissfully unaware of the hardship that ordinary people suffer.
What happened to preaching the Gospel?