What I Read Today;

Romans 10; Matthew 10; Lamentations 1; Psalm 131; 1 Samuel 27

Romans 10:9-17 “because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.  For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?  And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”

On August 29, 2005, Hurrican Katrina made landfall in New Orleans.  What followed looked like a scene from a horror movie.

Those who hadn’t evacuated before the hurricane were primarily left to fend for themselves.  Local law enforcement was quickly overwhelmed.  The US Coast Guard was rescuing people off the roofs of their homes.  The Louisianna Superdome became the site of one of the ugliest evacuation drama’s in US History.

Squabbles between the Federal, State, and Local political leaders turned a bad situation into a nightmare.  Media coverage was non-stop, showing the disaster and its effect on thousands of lives in the City of New Orleans.

Finally, after several days of mayhem,  the US Army, State National Guard, and police officers from surrounding states arrived.  In short order, they evacuated the Superdome, restored civil governance, and brought needed relief supplies to the City.

I remember watching the site of those troops and the helicopters arriving.  People who had been living in despair suddenly became jubilant.

When we are struggling in our lives, the arrival of good news can change our perception in an instant.

Paul provides us with just such news.  The news that we don’t have to fear death any longer.  The idea that we don’t have to suffer from the guilt of our past any longer.  The idea that no matter what we’ve done, Jesus Christ has paid the price for us.  If we trust Jesus with our hearts and confess him with our mouths, then we will spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven.

Then Paul sites the problem.

Who will take the message to the people?  Will we take the message of grace and mercy to those who need it the most?  Will we be the feet that bring the good news?

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