Unlimited: The Church’s Great Ideas
Jan 14, 2019 735
Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31, NIV).
Where did the idea of the worth of the individual come from? It’s the basis for democracy and most human law. Where did the idea that the truth makes people free come from? It’s the basis for education for all.
Where did the idea of obligation to those less fortunate come from? It underlies much of the advanced social legislation of our time.
Where? From the church!
Before Jesus came to earth, women and children were not taken into account. It is only since Christ was born in Bethlehem that we are able to see heaven in the eyes of a pure woman or a little child. Before that, they were viewed as just property to be taken advantage of by the stronger, more brutal, sex.
By far, the majority of philanthropic ventures, hospitals, ministries to slaves, orphans, and the downtrodden, have sprung from Christian compassion. The values that make our lives liveable today have their origins in Christian hearts.
Yet, many of the Christian ‘flowers’ we see today are ‘cut flowers.’ They have lost their connection to their Christian source. People who hold Christian values, while denying their true Origin in Christ will sadly live to see an inevitable decline in the public sphere and their private life. Without Jesus, they will see pervasive sterility and barrenness steal across our land. Remember you are worth more than many sparrows. – Des Ford
Eli’s Reflection: The teachings of Jesus have revolutionised our world and transformed every part of it for the better. How could his teachings revolutionise your life right now?