Helping the thinker believe and the believer think
When Ravi Zacharias was a cricket-loving boy on the streets of India, his mother called him in to meet the local sari-seller-turned-palm reader. “Looking at your future, Ravi Baba, you will not travel far or very much in your life,” he declared. “That’s what the lines on your hand tell me. There is no future for you abroad.”
By the time a 37-year-old Zacharias preached, at the invitation of Billy Graham, to the inaugural International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983, he was on his way to becoming one of the foremost defenders of Christianity’s intellectual credibility. A year later, he founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), with the mission of “helping the thinker believe and the believer think.”
Selten war ich so berührt, wie diese Woche, als ich von einem langjährigen christlichen Weggefährten hörte, dass seine Frau plötzlich von einer schrecklichen Krankheit „erwischt“ wurde! Trotzdem postete er auf FB:
„Nur die Lieder, welche man weinend gesungen hat, hat man wirklich verstanden!“
– und zitierte dazu das bekannte Heilslied von A.H. Francke:
Nun aufwärts froh den Blick gewandt und vorwärts fest den Schritt Wir gehn an unsers Meisters Hand und unser Herr geht mit.
Standing in the ruins of a church recently destroyed by ISIS terrorists in Qaraqosh, Ravi Zacharias shares an update from his August 2017 trip to Iraq and offers a glimmer of hope for these difficult days.
During this trip, Ravi joined Samaritan’s Purse as they continue to give aid to children and families harmed by terrorist attacks and war.
“Good still returns and the message of the Cross is still the only hope of grace, peace, mercy, and salvation,” Ravi says. “And no matter how often they try to bury our Lord, he rises up to outlive his pall-bearers. So we will continue to preach that message; through the pain and through the darkness shine the light of Christ. Somehow, the grain still blossoms once again and the light is shining in the darkness.”
This morning I read about a nanny in Russia who decapitated the small child she was charged with taking care of. She walked around outside holding up the head and shouting. Everyday there is some new horror, some new outrage. Trying to follow the election in our own country is best described as „crazy-making.“ The world seems to be guttering out.The world is lost, it has departed from the truth and is on a collision course with death.
There are two major misunderstandings, it seems to me, that might tempt us to lose hope right now. The first is the failure to realize that world has already been lost. It is no less „lost“ at the moment than it has ever been, and no less crazy. Even a casual flipping thru any history book will confirm this.
The second misunderstand that leads us to lose hope is that there is no one who has the power to make things right. To a lost world Jesus says „I am the way.“ To a world that has departed from the truth, Jesus says, „I am the Truth.“ And to a world that is on a collision course with death, Jesus says, „I am the Life.“
Our feeling of hopelessness is in direct proportion to our loss of connection with Jesus. Go back and look at the Gospels. Find a church that preaches the fact that there still is a very real hope in Him. If you’ve already found one, invest yourself there.Those of you who know me know that I don’t often preach like this. I suppose this morning, after seeing that nanny, I needed to
hear it myself.