What Has Christianity Done?
It has today become popular for the agnostic and the cynic to spend some time as a professional heckler of Christianity. This has become so common that you and I ought to talk about it. Im sure that, along with me, you will agree that the wheat and the tares are growing up togther in our world. On the one hand, we see a remarkable growth, yes a resurgence of historic Christianity, especially in the form of the evangelical conservative movement going across America.
On the other hand, however we see a corresponding growth of anti-Christian attitudes which sometimes approach the point of the vicious. Normally, however, these anti-Christian attitudes take the form of columnists, speakers, mild protagonists addressing the public on radio, television and via the press and in these media, they give themselves to the demeaning of Christianity. So often they speak along the line of asking What have you Christians ever accomplished? What evidence is there that your religion has made any vital difference in the lives of people? Theres a sense in which the Bible predicts this attitude when it says, There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts and saying, Where is the promise of His Coming?
The hecklers of Christianity will abound.
Maybe its time to deliver something of an answer in their direction. I think that one answer was put rather well in the words of Roger Babson who said, I have not been able to find a single useful institution which has not been founded either by an intensely religious man or by the son of a praying father or a praying mother. I have made this statement before the Chambers of Commerce of all the largest cities of the country and have asked them to bring forward a case that is an exception to his rule. Thus far, I have not heard a single one. This from Roger Babson.
Now theres a pretty good unsolicited testimony as to the external value of historic Christianity. It is also true. The greatest, most life-changing and society-altering movements in the world have come as a result of historic Christianity. In fact, the greatest human institution on earth today, western civilization, is a direct product of the Protestant reformation. Western civilization is really the only decent civilization on earth and it is the product of the doctrine of justification of faith, the priesthood of every believer and salvation by grace alone.
Has Christianity made a difference in the world? Yes, indeed, and we need make no apology for its tremendous impact. However, this is really irrelevant unless Christianity has made a difference in your life. Maybe this would be that wonderful day in which you would say yes to Jesus Christ and believe in Him as your personal Savior. To you Christianity needs to take the form of the words that say: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). What Christianity has done for civilization is a marvelous thing. But what faith is Jesus Christ can do for you is that it means that your life is changed here, and you are given life everlasting. Why not join this marvelous set of people called Christians? You can do so by accepting Jesus Christ today. Let Christianity make that noted difference in your life.