Last night, sitting on the couch with needle and lace in hand, I was hand-sewing a baby dress for a friend while listening to Billy Graham’s last talk – how true he has stayed to the one message God called him to preach.
“The Cross is offensive,” he said, “it requires you to live a different life; and that offends.”
I ponder these words as I work the needle between entredeux and lace.
It does offend the sinner, yes. Public radio this morning was full of those offended, trying to stamp out pray in public meetings. It offends the businessperson who steals from others. It offends the unchaste as they give themselves away and wonder why no one stays to really love them.
As much as it offends – no even more than it offends, it is TRUTH! They can try to run God out of the schools, out of town meeting, out of their business, our of their heart. They can try to say He doesn’t exist, and press hard against the church itself.
But God is bigger than the accounting books of man, He is bigger than their laws: and walls to keep him out, nor the rules and laws of man, or their opinions of what is true and what is not do not affect God’s hand!
Yes, the cross offends. Truth will always offend the person bent on a path to hell.
These thoughts and more stagger as a drunken man though my mind. I lift the little dress for a child yet to be born, and pray that the cross will offend this child in such a way that she will Love Christ and serve God all the days of her life.
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So true! So beautifully said. So much like what I wrote for Five Minute Friday in theme.
So fun to be with you on FMF, Debbie! I love it when two people hear God speaking a similar message!.
I love your words Diane. The cross is offensive because of the Truth it stands for. As I watched the Billy Graham special the question that came to mind was “Are we as Christ followers as thankful for the cross as the world is offended by it?”
Amy, only God could make something so offensive, and cause it to be so irresistible! Love having you here!