I Think I’m Okay
On the corner of Park Row and Beekman Street, in New York City stood a man offering $20 gold pieces for $1 each. All day he kept up loudly announcing his wares, but of the thousands that passed him, most paid no attention and others either laughed or scowled at him.
About 15 minutes before six o’clock, when he was about to quit, a woman timidly approached him and, after carefully investigating the gold piece, by biting it and testing its sound by throwing it on the pavement, she reluctantly paid the dollar and pocketed the golden double eagle. Ten minutes later, just as the man was about to go home, the woman reappeared accompanied by two friends and between them they purchased the rest of the man’s stock, worth $160, for $8 in bills. The next day and for several following mornings, the street was crowded for blocks with the same woman in the lead waiting for the vender of gold coins, but he never appeared again.
Some say Horace Greeley was responsible for the incident because he wanted to demonstrate his theory that most poverty is due to the fact that the general public refuses to believe even in the face of overwhelming evidence. Unbelief leads people into a spiritual poverty – Despite the eye witnesses accounts –the circumstantial evidence – the growth of Christianity -the changed lives –there are many who persist in unbelief. Listen, we have something wonderful to offer today – greater than any gold pieces – eternal life. (Copied).
The writer of Hebrews seeks to remind us… Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. (Heb.4:12). The Gospel is now being preached in the 21st century. That means that we have had over 2000 years of the awareness of the Gospel and over 240 years of hearing it in America. The Good News of Christ’s power to save is being widely receive in other nations around the world. Even in those nations closed to openly preach the Gospel, people are putting their lives in the hands of Jesus to follow Him at all costs.
America has ceased to be the nation eager to profess faith in Christ, the fear of the Living God, or the moral requirements of Gods Ten Great Laws. Our nation is like the church in Laodiceia.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. (Rev.3:15-18).