[Papercut Press Publishing] 1997-12-15 - Sometimes Gravity Works

Psalm 16:6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places...

Silver Bridge, a bridge between Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Kanauga, Ohio did the unexpected 30 years ago today. On December 15, 1967, it collapsed. This bridge did the extra unexpected and happened to collapse during rush hour. 46 people died. Merry Christmas. It is easy for us to get caught up in the “Tis’ the season” mindset and forget that this time of year can be really difficult for many people. This is the time of year when everyone remembers who they will not be seeing this holiday season. This is often with the added grief that next holiday, and next …, will all be without that person that is being missed. “Tis’ the season” means it is the season to look around us. Who is hurting? Who is without a loved one? Who is alone? Who needs a timely phone call? “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, the least, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 These are the words of Christ, words to take to heart this day. Carl F. H. Henry killed the social gospel movement with his classic book, The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism. But notwithstanding, there is still the need to give the cup of water to those that thirst. The follower of the social gospel simply gives the drink. But the real call for the Christian is not only to give the drink, but to do it for and in the name of Christ. This is the call upon the Christian today. Not only should we do deeds of righteousness, but we should do them in the name of Christ and for the cause of Christ. Good works will save no one, but those who are redeemed by the blood of Christ will surely do good works.

“If you want a religion to make you really feel comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” C. S. Lewis

“Christianity is no more a bondage to men than wings are to a bird.” O. Palmer Robertson

“If you try to imitate Christ, the world will praise you; if you become like Christ, the world will hate you!” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Soli Deo Gloria,