To The Editor:A number of years ago when I pastored a small church, the following happened.It was on a Monday. I was meditating on what to preach on Dec. 25. I felt compelled to turn on the …
To The Editor:
A number of years ago when I pastored a small church, the following happened.
It was on a Monday. I was meditating on what to preach on Dec. 25. I felt compelled to turn on the TV. The news was on. The newscaster was giving nothing but bad news. A newscast competitor did the same.
Immediately the Lord impressed upon me, "You don't need to preach a sermon on that day. Just get others to help you."
I was thinking a mile a minute.
The Sunday before Christmas Day, I announced that I needed help for that coming service in planning for our special day. So, I told them I would further explain myself to those who would remain after the day's service.
A number of people remained. I was delighted.
So I explained.
"I need a number of you to help me," I told them. "One, I need a newscaster. Two, I need a news competitor. Three, I need an emcee who will appear two times. Four, I need crowds in the marketplace. And five, I need hecklers."
Several agreed to help.
Here is how it went in our Christmas service.
The newscaster announced nothing but bad news. The competitor did the same. The emcee came out and announced we had heard nothing but bad news.
"Let us go back to the time of the birth of Christ to see if it was better back then," the emcee advised.
The crowds were then given bad news just like they are today.
The emcee appeared again saying, "All we have heard is bad news. Does anyone have good news to share with us?"
I began shouting at the top of my voice, "I have great, wonderful news the world needs to hear!"
Hecklers arose and called me very bad names. They argued, "Didn't you hear? All we have heard, and all we are to hear, is bad news!"
It was then I who rose and I declared, "It is true there is a lot of bad going on in our world today. But, if you have Christ in your life you have a peace that can be understood, and envied, by all who pass through your life. If you don't, I feel sorry for you. So now, you have the opportunity to accept Christ into your life and to make Him your Lord and Savior."
As I recall, 15 came forward at the invitation to make the most important decision they had ever made.
— Reuben Hiatt
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