Walk Softly and Carry a Big Flyswatter

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Flyswatter

The Gospel is the Light of the world because it speaks of Jesus and the salvation offered through Him only. A million people could speak forever and all of it couldn’t perform what the Gospel can. It has the distinct power to change lives. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil” (Jeremiah 13:23). God is capable and willing to perform these miracles?

Whenever Light is shed amongst souls you will always attract the chaff. There are others out there that follow a light just to see what’s going on and may not care about what is being preached. As a child, it was a big deal to see aerial searchlights in the sky. It was very common when a new business opened or there was some large sale miles away. Those powerful beams could be seen from miles and miles away. They were surplus lights from the war and were used to spot enemy planes. It seemed they were everywhere. Even an evangelistic event had the lights. Of course, at the base of those particular lights the real Light was being preached. But you can be sure there were detractors and naysayers drawn to those lights. 

How many times have we encountered those who really are not interested in the Gospel; they just attempt to ‘trip us up’ or try to point out ‘supposed’ errors in the Bible. The world is full of them. Look at an overhead light on a warm summer’s night. What do you see? Bugs and bats! This can be true when the Light of the Gospel is preached. I pastored a small church in the middle of the desert. It was a town full of transients, druggies and those on the lam. A perfect place because most were not the Lord’s own; or cared for that matter. It seemed before almost every service I was getting bogged down by these foolish people asking me all sorts of deep, theological questions. In time, I realized it was having an effect on my preaching. God showed me that these ‘certain’ were coming to a different light and indeed were trying to douse the True Light being preached. 

Armed with God’s wisdom, I made some changes that alleviated the ‘before service’ problems. I felt bad because these folk needed Christ more than the folk that came for the right reason. But God allowed me to see the wisdom of Proverbs  14:7, “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.” It is God alone who provides discernment. Without it we would be sowing seeds in concrete. 

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