Wednesday, September 03, 2008

We Proclaim Him

As I was studying for my sermon for Sunday (Colossians 1:24-2:5) I read this thought from N. T. Wright in his commentary on the book of Colossians. Commenting on the first part of Colossians 1:28 Wright writes:
'Him we proclaim': these words serve, for Christian preachers and teachers, as a constant reminder of their central calling, not (first and foremost) to comment on current affairs or alleviate human problems, good and necessary as those activities may be, but to announce that Jesus is Lord. (p. 93, The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries: Colossians & Philemon)

This is a good reminder. I think it is so easy to get caught up in the so-called culture war and want to do something about it. So we find ourselves fighting for people's minds or trying to help people through problems, and what is really important is put to the wayside.

Why is proclaiming Jesus as Lord so important? It is important because when Jesus is made Lord, and not merely given lip service, things change. History offers evidence of this reality. No matter what happens in this election, what is important for us to do is to continue to proclaim Jesus as Lord. We do this, not only by the words we use, but also by the way we live. May we be people who proclaim that Jesus is Lord.

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