Ideas are not enough…

600250General_DebateCleaning up the kitchen on my day off with everyone else away, I turned on the news. President Obama was addressing the U.N. General Assembly. He presented what he evidently believed were strong ideas about the state of the world. He is often recognized as a well-regarded speaker; I believe passionate presentations like today’s are why. Immediately after the speech, however, a handful of pundits (on CNN) expressed disappointment (thinly disguised criticism) because he gave no specifics. He was, to quote/paraphrase one of them, “the professor telling the bad people that they should not be bad people.” The speed at which they disposed of his speech was stunning. Per their estimate, it was a worthless and wasted effort, and his last chance in office to offer something to the U.N. that would be paid attention to. Wow! Their critique was a lesson for me as a communicator. Ideas are not enough. If action isn’t the substance of what a leader communicates, the followers don’t have anything to follow. There’s nothing to do but listen. Jesus was so different than the rest of us in this regard. He said things like, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” Often the specific action Jesus taught was to trust or follow Him specifically. He is still communicating this to His followers, all of us. He is still the specific action He teaches. No one had better ideas for the world than Jesus, and no one had so complete a solution. He was and is the solution He offered. And He didn’t come just to help us make things better; He came to redeem us, to save us, to deliver us from death itself and its cause: our sin.

3 Replies to “Ideas are not enough…”

  1. ” 6For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”

  2. Just reading scripture about submitting to authority. EXCEPT when it flies in the face of God’s laws. Submission to govt. authority used to be relatively easy, but today I must STAND, and pray for my enemies . I was going to ask you for “how to” action, but you cant help. I pray Holy Spirit’s wisdom, comfort, relief from anger (peace) and even the joy of the Lord..not just for me, but for all believers. I am praying for you, dear pastor, as God reveals to you the truth He would have you share with us..an awesome task!. On Sep 28, 2015 6:08 PM, “Notions and Devotions” wrote: > > johntorresjr posted: “Cleaning up the kitchen on my day off with everyone else away, I turned on the news. President Obama was addressing the U.N. General Assembly. He presented what he evidently believed were strong ideas about the state of the world. He is often recognized a” >

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