The Proclamation

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 77-78; Romans 10

Moses writes about the righteousness that comes from the Law: The person who does these things will live by them. But the righteousness that comes from faith talks like this: Don’t say in your heart, “Who will go up into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will go down into the region below?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the message of faith that we preach). Because if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 Trusting with the heart leads to righteousness, and confessing with the mouth leads to salvation. 11 The scripture says, All who have faith in him won’t be put to shame. 12 There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, who gives richly to all who call on him. 13 All who call on the Lord’s name will be saved.

14 So how can they call on someone they don’t have faith in? And how can they have faith in someone they haven’t heard of? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news. (Romans 10:5-15, Common English Bible).

The past couple of days I have talked some about struggles I have had with the texts from Romans we have read. Such is not the case today. Here is a part of Scripture where I have no trouble placing my faith.

I may struggle over passages talking about whether Jews or the sons of Ishmael will gain the Kingdom. I have no problem at all with the idea that “All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

I have had one person challenge my beliefs in recent months. I made a pastoral statement this person didn’t agree with and accused me of not believing a basic Christian tenant, of preaching and teaching something other than Christian orthodoxy. In the statement, I made they completely missed what I was saying and doing in my statement.

For me at least, the long and short of it is, we can struggle with the things Scripture says. I think those struggles don’t bother God. I am pretty sure that they do bother us more than they bother God.

What does matter to God is, our ability and our willingness to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. I don’t know if God has made a way for others to obtain eternity with God. I struggle with the idea that a God who, by the Bible is love, turning away people who love God but have a bit of a different understanding than I. What I have no trouble with is, “All who call on the Lord’s name will be saved.”

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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