Open the Cupboard

“We do not welcome strangers into our lives or homes, and we do not go out to meet them. We do not inform ourselves of events abroad and cannot locate them on maps or in context… We have never dealt seriously with a homeless person. We do not grieve over news stories of poverty or starvation, and we make token efforts to relieve such suffering by our charity. Claiming allegiance to the Christ who speaks in active imperatives (Go! Tell! Witness! Declare! Proclaim!), we Christians nonetheless prefer to keep the bread of life in our own cupboard and to speak of it only to those who already have it. Do we subconsciously suppose that in such inbred silence we can keep our dignity, and unbelievers can go to hell where they belong?”

– Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995), 189.

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Where Are God’s Men?

Where are

the young men and women of this generation who will hold their lives cheap and be faithful even unto death?

Where are

those who will lose their lives for Christ’s sake — flinging them away for love of Him?

Where are

those who will live dangerously and be reckless in His service?

Where are

His lovers — those who love Him and the souls of men more than their own

reputations or
comfort or
very life?

Where are

the men who say “no” to self,
who take up Christ’s cross to bear it after Him,
who are willing to be nailed to it

in college
or office,
home
or mission field,

who are willing, if need be,

to bleed,
to suffer and
to die on it?

Where are

the adventurers,
the explorers,
the buccaneers for God,

who count one human soul of far greater value than the rise or fall of an empire?

Where are

the men who are willing to pay the price of vision?

Where are

the men of prayer?

Where are

God’s men in this day of God’s power?

– Howard Guinness in Sacrifice, pages 59-60.