Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
A college student came to my study recently to talk to me about a dilemma she faced. In her speech class, she was required to give a six-minute informational talk. Her chosen subject was Jesus Christ. However, she was warned that she could not use the Bible or any church literature for support nor give any kind of evangelical nuance. Her question was, “How do I give such a speech?” I told her that I would give my proverbial right arm to substitute for her in that class.
I recalled that years earlier I received a call from the superintendent of the largest public school in a certain state. He said, “Mr. Betzer, we would like to have you give the commencement speech at this year’s graduation. Last year, our speaker was Bob Hope. There will be nearly nine thousand people in attendance. But you cannot mention God, Jesus, church or the Bible.” I told him I would be delighted to come. I fervently asked God for guidance on what to say. My opening line to the speech was this: “Two thousand years ago, a very smart man asked a startling question: ‘What is your life?’” I kept my word to the school official and yet was able to talk about biblical values.
There is a wealth of historical, sociological, geographical and other data in libraries and bookstores that gives a treasury on the life and times of Christ. My goodness, the birth of Jesus Christ split the ages! That’s why we use the terms “before Christ” and “after Christ” in citing dates. Jesus and His disciples transformed the world! The “politically correct” idea to deny the life of Jesus and His impact on society shows a determination to be an intellectual know-nothing. I could talk about Jesus all day and never be required to refer to scripture. Boy, I just wish I could have given the speech for that college gal the other day!
Prayer: O God, may I never be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ or deny its power to change lives. But I also ask You to make me a better student of Your Word and humanity at large so I can be a better witness for you. Amen.