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Series: Luis Palau | Being a 21st Century Christian

On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis walks us through what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century.  Followers of Jesus Christ have a vital role to play in this era.

Temples of the Holy Spirit Friday, May 10, 2019

Most Christians don’t spend a lot of time in temples. Most of us worship Christ in buildings called churches, though some of us worship in cathedrals, living rooms, old movie theatres, or even taverns. Christians believe we can worship Christ anywhere. Wherever two or more Christians are gathered, Christ is also there; we don’t need anything fancy.

In Jesus’ time that was not the case. The temple was the place where God resided. Very few people could enter into the holy places. But when Jesus came and died, everything changed. The Holy Spirit came upon those who believed in Christ. This meant the temple’s purpose changed. No longer did we have to go to the temple to meet God; instead, God was with us. Among us.

In fact, 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” We are not our own, for we were bought with a price. So, we should glorify God in our bodies. We don’t need to go to a specific building to meet God; the Holy Spirit is within us. That means our bodies belong to Christ. We need to respect our bodies, treating them as we would a temple in which God dwells. We need to recognize that what our bodies can do is a gift from God that we can use to honor Him. Our bodies are moving temples that spread the good news of God wherever we go. What a privilege! 

This is Andrew Palau.

Let's Return to Loving God, and Others Thursday, May 9, 2019

We sometimes forget that first-century Christians lived in a culture of terrible social evils. Among other horrific things, the Roman Empire practiced infanticide. In that setting, the apostles, led by the Holy Spirit, chose their focus. They did not insult the Roman authorities. They did not try to overturn Roman laws and customs. They did not self-righteously point a finger at the worst of the worst.

Instead, John, Peter, Paul and the other apostles chose to live and proclaim the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. Until we make this focus our own again, we risk losing our nation. We’re losing because too many among us have shelved the basic Gospel message in favor of angry denunciation, disassociated from a redemptive core message. We are at risk of suggesting that certain party politics, rather than Christian conversions, will turn America around. Some have allowed their bitterness to smother their evangelistic zeal. Remember, we are the Good News team, not the bad news guys.

Let’s never forget what it means to live by biblical principles based on the Lord’s greatest commandment. In a word, let us return to loving God and loving our neighbors.

This is Luis Palau.

It's Repentance we want, not Alienation Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I’m human. I can get angry. When I do, I apologize. The one thing I don’t do is stay angry. Angry Christians don’t simply hurt themselves. As an evangelist, my greater concern is what anger is doing to the perception of the Good News of Jesus Christ among America’s non-believers.

Instead of a compassionate, biblical love being our defining mark to an unbelieving world, as commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ, many American Christians have become known nationally and internationally by their anger. As an evangelist, I shudder, because anger does not draw people to the Savior. It repels them. Why? Because in our sincere, perhaps alarmist, outrage against evil, we impress the listener that we take a self-righteous, holier-than-thou, position. Scripture, to the contrary, states, “Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” [Romans 2:4 RSV]. It’s repentance we want. Not alienation.

God’s love is the core message of the Good News Gospel. It’s the essence of John 3:16—“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes on him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” I hope you never get tired of telling that very Good News to everyone in your world.

This is Luis Palau. 

Let's be Known by What we are For Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Nowadays, we seldom pray for those in authority. Instead, we often demean them. We insult them. Yet any believer who slanders a president or congressman or governor or mayor is breaking Scripture.

No one who says what I’ve heard many friends of mine say can possibly be praying for our governmental leaders, let alone praying for them with a fervent heart. I just can’t imagine it. Their words suggest a bitter spirit, and bitterness is a sin. If we’re not praying, we’re disobeying 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which commands us to pray for all in authority. The apostle Paul explains that praying for them is for our own good.

I’m not saying that in a democratic society one always agrees with their leaders (I certainly don’t). At election time we should vote. Yet disagreement is not a license to mock, profane, or denigrate our leaders.

I believe angry Christians are not just hurting themselves. As an evangelist, my greater concern is what anger is doing to the perception of the Good News of Jesus Christ among this nation’s non-believers.

Let’s be known for what we’re for, not what we’re against. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” [Joshua 24:15].

This is Luis Palau.

Pray for Government Leaders Monday, May 6, 2019

Twenty-five years ago I told national Christian news media, quote, “I fear the Age of the Angry Christian is upon us,” unquote.

That we are getting to be an angry bunch isn’t merely a caricature created by the so-called secular humanist media elite. We Christians are getting far too angry about far too many things, to our own spiritual detriment.

In regard to government, the Bible’s instructions to us are straightforward. First, the Bible tells us to obey moral and just laws [Romans 13] that don’t conflict with scriptural mandates [Acts 4:19-20, 5:29]. Second, the Bible tells us to pray [1 Timothy 2:1-2]. Ultimately, our prayers for those in authority are for our own good, 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

When I first came to America from Argentina in 1960 as a young man, I was profoundly impressed that in America each Sunday morning the preacher in every church I visited would pray for the president, the governor, and others in authority by name. Nowadays, we seldom pray for those in authority. Let’s resolve to change our ways.

As 1 Timothy 2:2 says, prayer replaces anger with peace and quiet, and with godliness and holiness. So, let’s pray more for our country. 

This is Luis Palau.

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