Sunday was Earth Day in some people’s calendar. April 22. Some claimed it was the most celebrated event in the world. I have my doubts. One picture of a celebration in the Philippines showed a group marching down a street, with hundreds of plastic cups scattered along the gutters. Organizers of the event urge us to save the earth.
If some of us had the same zeal for saving the world that others have for saving the planet, we might be a lot further along in our task.
The Bible doesn’t talk about saving the world, of course, because not all will respond to the gospel. It does, however, say to go into all the world and preaching the gospel to every single person.
“And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone'” (NLT).
We love, just love, Mark 16.16. Mark 16.15, not so much.
Oh, and Matthew 28.19? Quit saying it means “as you go.” The verb “go” picks up the imperative mood of the main verb. The versions aren’t wrong here, they got it right: ” go and make disciples of all the nations.”
This is not something we do as we meander through life. The going is intentional.
Christians don’t have a World Day when they really think a lot about saving souls. They have it daily. They do it daily. Every. Single. Day. If you don’t, well, let’s just say you ought to repent.
A Christian’s prayers are consumed by the task of going into all the world and saving souls.
A Christian’s thoughts are dominated by how to go into all the world and most effectively save souls.
A Christian’s conversation inevitably turns toward going into all the world and saving souls.
A Christian’s song is punctuated with going into all the world and saving souls. “Lead me to some soul today.”
Because that what the Master was all about. That’s what he came to do. That’s the task he left for us to do. It’s as plain and simple as was the nose on Jimmy Durante’s face.
The church that doesn’t live every day as save-the-world day isn’t the church of Christ.