LIFELINES

From the beginning, God knew

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 8/25/17

In my growing-up years in North Carolina, everything was different. Entertainment was different. Travel was different. Doing the work of God was also different.

When I was a child, we lived in a …

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LIFELINES

From the beginning, God knew

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In my growing-up years in North Carolina, everything was different. Entertainment was different. Travel was different. Doing the work of God was also different.

When I was a child, we lived in a house Dad built; it had homemade doors and windows, and was located on a dirt road, along with other houses much like ours. (We did have linoleum on the floor — that made people think we were rich, although I never knew we were “poor.”) There was no plumbing, no electricity and no telephone. And, until my dad got his first car — a 1929 Dodge — in 1941, we walked everywhere. We walked through the woods and over a creek to school, no matter what the weather. (I only fell into the creek once).

I was 10 years old when we got the house wired and had lights on our Christmas tree the first time; I was 12 when we got “running water”; and two years later in 1950, we celebrated our indoor bathroom; and I was 16 when we got our 10-party-line phone.

Before then, our calls came through a house which was on a hill overlooking our neighborhood. When a call came for someone who lived on the two streets in Bakertown, someone at that house would walk to the edge of the yard and yell “Telephone!” and call out a name. In the evening, neighbors could hear one another calling the family to dinner — “Bett-ie! Supper’s ready.” That was our communication. And it worked.

I remember when my dad conducted a revival at a country church with Aladdin lamps providing light for the services. Publicity came with visiting the community, knocking on doors, singing on the courthouse square and just plain “word-of-mouth.” Later this led to invitations to sing over the radio, an invention which came into use to spread the Gospel — before the advent of TV.

Now, technology increases by the minute. You can hardly get a new computer home before it needs to be updated; it’s no big deal to hop a plane, eat breakfast in New York and eat breakfast again in Los Angeles; an event anywhere in the world and outer space is viewed in real time — everything is “instant.”

But because technology has changed, that doesn’t mean that the Gospel has changed. The challenge is to adjust our methods and ideas for reaching people with the Gospel.

Paul had the right concept. In his letter to the Corinthians, he said, “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more ... I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).

From the beginning of time, God has orchestrated the advancement of man for the sole purpose of his redemption through the offering of His Son, Jesus Christ. Everything God has inspired man to do — He already knew exactly how it would work. Do you think God had to wait on man to invent something, then learn how it was operated?

Wrong!

All knowledge is from God. I’m sure he knew all about electricity, cars, phones, airplanes and microwave ovens before he even made man. Heaven is not behind in any technology and neither should Christians be behind when it comes to our work for Him.

God has provided ways to reach every generation — from golden-agers to baby boomers; from the teens of the 50s to the teens of the 21st century. People are still people — and God is still the answer.

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