You can’t divide life into the sacred and the secular. We catch glimpses of the spiritual world in the most common experiences life gives us. The news was out in Israel that a cruel governor, Pilate, had killed some of the citizens of Galilee and mixed their blood with the temple sacrifices. Word had also spread that a tower in Siloam had collapsed, crushing 18 people to death. The people wanted to know Jesus’ perspective on these current events.
Did Jesus dismiss their questions as foolish or say, “That’s out of my league. You’re talking to the wrong person”? No. He created the world and cared about the people and events which were a part of it. With perfect wisdom, He applied spiritual truths to the latest news and used it as a way to share the gospel. Christians are called to do the same thing.
You may not like to hear the news. It may disappoint you to hear about all the problems our world is dealing with because of sin. Maybe political corruption and religious extremism have angered you so much that you don’t bother to watch the news anymore. You might take a different perspective on each day’s share of tragedy and confusion if you thought about the opportunities it gives you to tell people about Christ and eternity. Unsaved people can relate to news stories. What would happen if you asked them how current events affect their eternal destination?
We live in a real world with real people and real problems. The only difference between Christians and the rest of the world is that we have a real Solution. That’s why we don’t have to hide from the world’s problems. We can see them for what they are and point the lost to Christ. That’s what Jesus did, and that’s what we ought to be doing each day.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder