Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sharing the Good News



There are many ways to share good news:  verbally, by the written word, over social media, or through our actions.  St. Francis of Assisi is credited with saying,

“Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.”


This past week, Robert Griffin III, quarterback for the Washington Redskins, arrived at a press conference to discuss last Sunday’s football game sporting a pair of crutches and wearing a t-shirt that read:

KNOW
JESUS
KNOW
PEACE

According to Michael Phillips, the Redskins reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Griffin was told by NFL Uniform Inspector Tony McGee that he couldn’t wear the T-shirt because it wasn’t a Nike product.  Thus, Griffin’s shirt was worn inside-out during the interview so that it was a solid color without a message.  Even though I’m not sure of the motive behind the decision, my hope and prayer is that hundreds of thousands more people will see and think about the meaning of the shirt now that the story and picture of Robert Griffin III, wearing the shirt with the message showing, have been posted on social media.

With the turmoil and situations in our world today, we are all in need of good news.  People need to know and understand that when there is NO JESUS there is NO PEACE.  God needs us to help spread the word that when people KNOW JESUS they can find and KNOW PEACE.  And we have all kinds of ways to choose from to communicate that message.  And may our actions speak as loud as our words, if not louder. 

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”
Isaiah 52:7 

for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” 
Romans 10:13-15
 
 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 

1 comment:

  1. The peace that passes all understanding.

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