Yesterday in the top header, I added a page, “Love One Another”, as a collection of some of my posts on Christians becoming the family that we are in Christ. I think this is a trumpet to sound for this generation of believers.
There are other trumpets that need sounding and other Christians who are sounding them—I have a few more I want to pick up myself! While I don’t travel the country, in our moves we have seen some churches that have lost their first love for Christ and grown cold. This has shown itself in a drifting away from sound doctrine and a drifting away from loving each other.
In The God Who Is There, Francis Schaeffer writes:
“The Christian is to resist the spirit of the world. But when we say this, we must understand the world-spirit does not always take the same form. So the Christian must resist the spirit of the world in the form it takes in his own generation. If he does not do this he is not resisting the spirit of the world at all. This is especially so for our generation, as the forces at work against us are of such a total nature. It is our generation of Christians more than any other who need to heed these words which are attributed to Martin Luther:
“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.””1
The battle is not only to profess Christ to the world, but also to proclaim God’s truth at those points at which the world’s thinking and spirit has breached the mind and heart of the church. As we do so we must not become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
In 2 Corinthians there’s a statement of Paul’s in the last chapter that applies to blowing trumpets. As he urges the Corinthians to examine themselves and to repent and change, he writes:
“Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved. For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete. For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.”
2 Corinthians 13:7–10
Paul’s earnest desire was for the Corinthians to be made complete. Norman Hillyer writes:
“Paul’s whole object is their improvement [the NAS uses the word complete], a word which denotes a restoring of disordered limbs and joints.”2
Paul was not motivated by his own self-interests, but by his love for Christ and for others.
“For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.”
Seeking after the interests of Christ does not conflict with having compassion for the welfare and interests of others. Seeking after the interests of Christ means being concerned for the welfare and interests of others.
So let us trumpet blowers remember to proclaim truth and to pursue love.
I’ve added a category, Trumpets, for those posts on topics in which I think there is a vital point of battle.
Slide Trumpet: Public Domain.
1Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There, 1968, p. 18.
In a footnote, Michael D. Marlowe of Bible Research states that the quote Schaeffer attributes to Martin Luther was actually written by Elizabeth Charles.
2Norman Hillyer, “2 Corinthians,” The New Bible Commentary: Revised, D. Guthrie, J. A. Motyer, eds., A. M. Stibbs, D. J. Wiseman, contributing eds., p. 1088.
Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter