IMACHRISTIAN.NET

...the churches of Christ salute you! Rom 16:16

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home The Light Articles from 2012 JFK and the church or Christ

JFK and the church or Christ

E-mail Print PDF


On January 20, 1961, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy gave his inaugural address before the American people. What he said was about America and his vision for her direction. As we have done before, we sometimes take words that are well spoken (in the main) and give them a more full and rich application to the church of our Lord. Thus it is here. In part, Mr. Kennedy said:
Let every nation know, whether it  wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty...Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah-to 'undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free.'...Now the trumpet summons us again-not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in, and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient ir tribulation'-a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself... The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it-and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, m> fellow Americans-ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country...Let us go forth and lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

Adapting these words to the purity of the Lord's church, we have this:
Let every religious organization  know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of the pure church of Jesus Christ ... Let all mankind unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah to 'undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free.' (Especially the burden and oppression of sin.) ... Now the trumpet summons us again-not as a call to bear arms, though the armament of the Word of God we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are in defending the church; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in, and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation'-a struggle against the common enemies of the church-tyranny of false, enslaving doctrines, the poverty of the soul, the disease of sin, and war against truth itself ... The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light the Lord's church and all who serve her-and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Christians-ask not what the church can do for you; ask what you can do for the church. ... Let us go forth then, and lead the church we love to faithfulness, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

 

Translate

Our Friends

User Login