Coming in Loud and Clear

During the 4 years of Donald Trump’s presidency and particularly in the months since the election, Evangelical Christians have been the focus of a lot of attention.

Much of it is not flattering; either Evangelical Christians are right and no one else wants to admit it, or we’re totally unhinged and are the only ones who don’t know it.

All the hoo-hah has prompted me to think about what I believe, what motivates me and where my priorities are. “Who am I?” might sound like a fairly simple question to answer, but it’s not always that easy.

I used to fall asleep listening to the radio beside my bed. If you’ve listened to AM radio at night, you know how “busy” it can be with all the stations you can pick up, not to mention all the static.

One of my favorite stations was KDKA in Pittsburgh … it was (and still is) 1020 on the AM dial. During the day, the signal usually came in louder and clearer. But at night, other big stations – especially WBZ in Boston (1030) and KYW (1060) in Philadelphia – competed for space with KDKA.

The dial had to be exactly on 1020 in order to hear KDKA clearly. In order to understand it, I had to be sure I had the right station tuned in. Even then, I had to pay attention so the other stations and the static didn’t distract me.

We’ve all experienced times when we’re hearing but not really listening. Sound familiar? Not listening gets in our way of knowing who and what we’re listening to, and once that happens it’s practically impossible to understand.

Our country is full of noise right now. It’s everywhere. It’s deafening. It’s irritating and confusing. And without meaning to, we can get off track or wind up being misled. To make matters worse, there are people whose sole purpose in life is to confuse and deceive others, and that includes you and me.

In times like these, we have be certain we have our dial set to the right station so we can hear loud and clear. What station is that? As Jesus said in John 10:27-28,

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

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