“Go into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Matthew 22:9
Last Thursday on Fox 8, Natalie Herbick, the delightful but power tool challenged host of New Day Cleveland, asked me about my incentive for creating a new weekly television show called Power2ools: 2 minute tools for life! My response was to note that, in part, Christians are called to go beyond the walls of the church and into the world with the good news just as Jesus crossed borders and boundaries to reach those most in need. The majority of Jesus’ ministry, I reminded Natalie and her 25,000 or so viewers, extended well past the boundaries of even organized religion to reach some of the most vulnerable of his day. In other words, Power2ools, for me, is an opportunity to take God’s word of hope, guidance and even invitation to people who regularly wouldn’t hear it.
And just in case you think I’m making this stuff up, let me tell you, there’s very good biblical basis to support our evangelical commission. Not only did Jesus live it, he taught it. His parable of the wedding banquet in Matthew’s Gospel, for example, describes the kingdom of heaven like a king who commissions his servants to go out to the “main streets” to deliver an invitation to the great wedding feast. The servants are wonderfully indiscriminate with their invitation, not judgmental in the least, and fill the hall with guests “both good and bad” (Matthew 22:10). In this parable, Jesus’ followers (read, the church) are the servants and the lost and lonely, sinners and saints of the world are the guests (read, those who don’t know about our God of amazing grace).
And most importantly, before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave an imperative to the church: “Go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). It doesn’t get much clearer than that!
Sometimes going into the world with good news can even mean creating a 2 minute television show that offers tools for life. And besides, in this secularized day and age, how often does a preacher get to appear in an interview on daytime television and talk about Jesus and his boundary crossing love. What joy!
Dr. Mark Giuliano, The Old Stone Church
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