The ultimate coincidence of judgment and salvation was Calvary. We must see the judgment and justice of the cross, not just the grace. The death of Christ was the death penalty, the judgment, God’s perfect justice demanded.
The time of our greatest witness is “when salvation by politics is prevalent.” It is then that the church must press the total lordship of Christ in every sphere. Our role is therefore to be a witness to our time, but too much of our existence is built upon the sandy foundation of this present world system. We are not of this world (John 15:19), but our economics, science, justice, and education are built squarely upon the world’s foundations.
An old friend called unexpectedly in mid-January to talk about the economy. He has been in the bullion and numismatics business for decades, and he is usually optimistic.
Christians have been conditioned to make our message conform to Madison Avenue dogmas and doctrines. The modern church has taken its lead from advertising and marketing firms, believing this is the way to bring more people to Christ. By adopting the Madison Avenue approach to the Great Commission and evangelistic endeavors, the church has become more concerned with how it is viewed than the message it has been commissioned to preach.
The Japanese obsession with the trivial can be shocking to American visitors.