2000-09-26 - A Census
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Summer is over. But I still wish to take a few more weeks and work with a few of the questions I have received. So I plan to do that. However, this week, I would like to toss in a new kind of question, one that I asked. I did a little sociological experiment Monday (9-25-2000) and I would like to share with you the results.
I went online under a ghost name on AOL in the Born Again room. I was curious
what people in the room would answer to the following question, "What is
the verse you would point someone to as the key verse, or verses to sum up
salvation?" I asked the question when the room was full, 23 people including
myself. I asked it at 7:30 am. I got five (5) responses. Here are the results
in the order that they appeared on my screen.
So that is the result of my unscientific on line survey. When I decided to do this I intended to share the results no matter what I got. I must say that I am embarrassed by the results. They are frankly pathetic. I also noticed that the normal chat conversation in this room was about the kind of coffee each was drinking and the weather in each individuals respective location.
Christians! We need to know more about our faith than we do. I know that many of you who read these devotionals could walk someone through the Bible and show the way to Christ through the Scriptures. Of that I have no doubt. But it is precisely those of us who know these things who are apparently not doing our jobs. Because we are not training up others in these things.
The answers I received in the Born Again room were really sad. In many ways it seemed to me to be a call to discipleship. Those of us who have some knowledge must share it, and all of us need to seek to learn more about our faith from others.
To know the basics of Biblical salvation is really one of the first aspects of the Christian faith. There are many answers, besides John 3:16 to my original question. Romans 10:9,10, Titus 3:5, and a host of other verses focus on the redemption that is found in the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. These truths need to be at the tip of our tongues. May the Lord bring these truths to the forefront of our lives.
Soli Deo Gloria,