WRITE YOUR EDITOR
T. Pierce Brown
In the past few days I have had about a dozen different letters to the editor published in as many newspapers. We are failing to use a tremendous opportunity to make an impact on the public by not trying to use the means available. There will be 100 times as many persons who are not Christians who will read those letters as there are who read what I write in all the gospel papers combined. Can you imagine the impact for good if every Christian who cares enough about an issue to write about it to your local newspaper would do so in a courteous, thoughtful manner?
Let me give you a sample of the kind of letter that I am sending to various newspapers around the country to encourage you to try to do the same kind of thing. It is generally better to try to write a shorter letter, but it is not impossible to get ones longer than this published if you have something significant to say. Notice that I have not tried to be “preacherish” but I have suggested two basic and important truths that we need to emphasize, and which will be read by thousands.
HANG TOGETHER OR FALL APART
Politicians and news commentators were amazed at the “Coalition Forces” hanging together during the Gulf War and fighting so supremely under General Schwarzkopf in spite of many forces trying to separate them. Yet, the reasons are simple. Several small reasons exist, but two big ones are: 1. An important common goal and 2. A willingness to be under the authority of one commander.
Politicians and theologians should learn a great lesson from that. If politicians of different nations would concentrate on and unite in achieving their common goals instead of emphasizing the many smaller things that keep us fighting, we could achieve great things in peacetime as well as at war. If all religious people would 1. Have a common goal of glorifying God instead of building up their own ecclesiastical power base and 2. Be willing to submit to God’s authority in all things, there would be the unity for which Jesus prayed and died. Theologians claim to do that, but facts prove the contrary.
Most of so-called Christendom thinks that the way to settle any issue is to take a vote on it. God’s Kingdom is not a democracy, but a monarchy. This is one reason we are so impressed with the Sycamore Church of Christ inCookeville,Tennessee. They believe in those two principles so much that they made an effort to get that message out to 102,000,000 homes in a program called ONE NATION UNDER GOD, at an estimated cost of $17,000,000. They asked no support from anyone who does not believe that 1. The primary purpose of man is to glorify God and 2. The only way to do that is to let His Word be the supreme authority in all things. With no earthly headquarters or central authority, they have raised $5,000,000 for that purpose, and are expecting to raise $5,000,000 more within a few months.
What worked in war will work in peace if we have enough sense and resolve to use these same principles: 1. Clarify common goals and 2. Agree on the proper authority and methods to achieve them. If we do not hang together, we will fall apart.