Our Responsibility Has Never Been Greater
By S. M. Zwemer

    The hour is late, and the need is urgent. There is no time to put forth anything but a maximum effort. Every Christian must do all in his power – by sacrificial giving and by prevailing prayer – to "go…into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation," and to do it now!

    No matter where we live, we stand squarely in the midst of the battle of the ages: the Prince of Darkness against the Prince of Peace, the powers of evil against the kingdom of God. In such a scene there can be no isolationism for those who believe the Great Commission and desire to crown our Savior Lord of all.

    A bewildered world seeks the Way; a disillusioned world needs the reality found only in Christ; a decadent world needs the Resurrection and the Life that is life indeed. The world today, with its enormous population and its soul restlessness, is in dire need of evangelism.

    All earnest Christians seem agreed that we face a crisis. The day of the Lord is at hand. In a day when the pillars of western civilization are crumbling, when the foundations of society seem tottering, and when sword and famine and pestilence walk abroad, we must preach the message of Christ’s death and resurrection, or we have no message at all. The older generation of evangelists were not ashamed of a gospel that dealt with eternal issues. They preached a message that looked beyond death and revealed eternal glory or eternal woe.

    The world’s need for the Gospel message has never been more urgent than it is today, nor the Christian’s responsibility greater! We must proclaim the good news of redemption, going in the strength of His Spirit, because He has committed to us the word of reconciliation that we should plead with men, in Christ’s stead, to be reconciled to God.