Christianity 201

June 27, 2011

A Celebration of Faithfulness

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Found this on the blog of Youth Unlimited.  This is actually a different YU from the one that is an offshoot of Youth For Christ.  It tells of the history of what some call the “chain of grace” beginning in an earlier generation and bearing fruit some hundred years later; and also a much larger “domino effect” in history that is more familiar.  If you and I are living for Jesus Christ, we can enter into being part of such a chain and fulfill the purposes of God for our generation.

Celebrating God’s Faithfulness: Past, Present and Future
Psalm 78:5–7

“He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”

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It was fascinating to watch YouTube footage of the November 9, 2009, 20-year anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin wall. Along the route marking the path the former wall once stood, one thousand ten foot plastic foam dominoes were carefully placed, perfectly positioned to tumble as dominoes do. Polish leader Lech Walesa, whose pro-democracy movement played a key role in freeing Europe from communist rule, tipped the first domino. For the next minute and a half, hundreds of thousands from around the world lined the mile long route watching the chain reaction as the first domino tipped the next, which in turn tipped the next, until finally the last domino, one mile away from the first, toppled to the ground to thunderous applause and fireworks.

The domino effect reminds me of the way God intended his truth to be passed down from one generation to the next. Psalm 78:5 tells us that God meant for the generation that came before us to teach us about the good news of Jesus. But, like the dominoes that toppled in Berlin, the passing of truth from one generation to the next was meant to start a chain reaction of truth passing. One hundred years ago a small but determined group of Dutch immigrants obeyed God’s call to start a Christian school that passed on the truth of God’s word in every subject area. Their vision was carried on by the next generation who in turn passed it to the next generation. Today, some ten decades and four generations later, we have been impacted by God’s faithfulness through that first generation. What a blessing! What a responsibility!

We now have to pass the truth we been given on to someone else. So here are some questions Psalm 78:6-7 forces us to reckon with: Who are you teaching to trust in God? When is the last time you told someone what God has done? Who are you mentoring in a life of living God’s way? By God’s design, they are depending on it.  As Paul urges in Romans 10:14-16, “How can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims, ‘A sight to take you breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!’” The dominoes are falling. Until He comes again with the applause of heaven, we best keep the chain reaction going.

Ben deRegt

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