I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:3–5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “That’s the way it is.” The end of broadcast sign-off for CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite for 19 years. A man who did not like mixing opinion or editorial with hard news. Perhaps it was for this reason that a 1972 poll named him as the most trusted man in America. If Cronkite said that was the way it was, it was not questioned. He was trustworthy.
“The Bible says.” A phrase that punctuated the sermons of Evangelist Billy Graham. Polls named him among the top ten most admired man in America sixty-one times. He provided spiritual counsel for every president from Harry S. Truman, the 33rd, to the 44th – Barack Obama. When Graham said that “the Bible says,” people believed it to be true.
These days, no sooner do you consider a newsman, politician or spiritual leader as trustworthy and true, they seem to fall from grace in some scandal or smear campaign. If I asked you to name the most trustworthy and true person today, I suspect the answer would not come easy or soon.
My Advice – The sorry fact is, many have a negative opinion of Christianity based on the actions of so many Christ followers that have proven to be less than trustworthy and true. They’ve taken their eyes off the founder and base their opinions on the actions of the followers. If “that’s the way it is,” they want nothing to do with it. When they hear them say, “the Bible says,” they do not believe it. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Let’s make sure when the world looks at us, we are being trustworthy and true. That when we say, “the Bible says,” they believe that “that’s the way it is.”