As hard as it is to believe, it has already been a year since we were bombarded with prognostications of doom and gloom that all the computers of the world would crash at midnight on Jan. 1st, 2000. For whatever minor, if any, inconveniences there may have been, Y2K was a non-event.
Now, a year later, America is wrapped up in another "crisis," the presidential indecision. Doubtless, it will all be resolved soon. Yet, irreparable damage has been done both nationally, to our faith in the system, and internationally, to our image as a world leader and super power. For example, a friend of mine, who pastors a Russian church here in Springfield, has been working in Riga, Latvia for a few months. When I spoke to him at the end of November, he told me that America was a laughingstock throughout Europe.
There is a greater threat looming in our country, however. Christianity, though oblivious to it, is losing ground in our society. As has been the observation of a number of public voices, such as radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Christianity is the only religion that is not "politically correct."
One of the primary characteristics of Christianity is the sharing of the Gospel with the non-believer. That is contrary to the doctrine of "Tolerance" that is so popular in our society today. The idea that someone must "repent and be converted" implies that their current "belief system" is wrong, and it is illegal to tell anyone that they are wrong. Nevertheless, we must continue to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with sinners of every walk of life, according to the commandment of our Lord himself.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bro. Elmer Keith, 82, of Jeffersonville, Indiana. He and his wife, Charlene, have been dear friends since we met them through our bulletin board on AOL. He passed away Oct. 16, after battling with cancer. He was called a "pillar" at Gospel Kingdom Church, the church he attended in Louisville, Kentucky. He played the guitar in the band, and, so long as he was able, rarely missed a service. Our hearts and prayers are with his family. I thank God for His comforting hand, for when I spoke with Sis. Charlene, she was giving God the praise for her time with Elmer, and was thankful to Him in all.
Let us remember Sis. Margaret Moulder, the mother of Bros. Tim and Wayne, in prayer. She has not been well, and we know that we serve the God who is able to do what no doctor can. We believe in Godís healing hand and know that He is able to touch her and make her whole.
Our publication is growing. We are now available in a number of Christian bookstores in western Massachusetts. Because of the rapid rise in circulation, and her help each month in the folding, collating and sorting for bulk mail, I have asked Sis. Paula Allen to act as our Circulation Manager. I want to thank her for her efforts and willingness to find distribution centers for The Bible Guys.
God bless you all!
David M. McNabb
Editor & Bible Guy