I’m glad that so many Christians have gone public on the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY agenda. I think as Christians we ought to be concerned to make a difference for the poorest in our world. It’s been good to see so may publicly displaying their commitment to the cause by wearing a white armband.

I guess the one sadness that I feel in my heart about such things is that while the churches in this country have been so willing to so publicly stand up and be counted for the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY cause, it seems to me that we are so often very reluctant to stand up and own the good news of Jesus Christ in the public sphere with anything like the same level of conviction.

Of course the gospel is a less fashionable cause than poverty. When we wear white wristbands (and I do) we align ourselves with the fashionable and the hip and the cool in our society. When we speak words of gospel conviction we seem to many, anachronistic and out of step in a tolerant society.

We should not be surprised at the unpalatable nature of the gospel. One of it’s greatest exponents wrote “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1Co 1:18 ESV But nor should we be ashamed.

Paul did not write “I am ashamed of the gospel, for it is not politically correct to speak of such things and it may offend and alienate.” His world was as intolerant as our own, and the stakes were higher, yet he wrote “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Rom 1:16 ESV



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