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Issues like abortion and homosexuality are important, worthy of their own stories, their own headlines.  But in dealing with these debates sometimes they become the big story, front page news.  There is only one story that deserves the banner headline on the front page, above the fold as they say in newspaper terms.  That story is the good news of the gospel.  Redemption, salvation, new life in Christ.

The subject of atheism is getting a lot of play lately.  We get nervous about it but I don’t think we need to worry so much about that.  I think the danger is (and here is the cunning of the enemy) that we find ourselves involved in the debate about the existence of God and we neglect the message of the gospel.  People aren’t saved because they were argued into believing God exists.  They are saved when they come face to face with Him.  God is not a philosophical perspective, a theological position, an intellectual understanding.  He is God and when you meet Him you know righteousness, holiness, and yes, you know fear.  You know repentance.  You know peace, joy, salvation, redemption.  You know Him.

There’s nothing wrong with discussing issues like abortion or homosexuality as long as they don’t become the banner headline.  There’s nothing wrong with debating the existence of God.  But the truth is that nobody was ever saved by theology or philosophy.  People are saved when they meet God face to face.

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About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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